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Syria Civil War Pictures: Incredible Image Shows Buses Piled High To Protect Civilians From Sniper Fire

16/03/2015 16:19 | Updated 16 March 2015

As Syria's national conflict enters its fourth year, we take a look at some recent pictures showing life in the embattled city of Aleppo.

When uprisings against Bashar al-Assad's Ba'athist regime began on 15 March 2011, protests against the state quickly turned into a full-blown civil war.

The government is currently fighting the Islamic State and collected opposition forces on separate fronts. Islamic rebels and the Free Syrian Army hold off al-Assad's men in various major cities, with Aleppo being an important battleground.

  • KARAM AL-MASRI/AFP/Getty Images
    In this stunning picture, buses are shown turned upright to protect civilians from government sniper fire. Russia, Iran and North Korea are known to be in favour of the al-Assad regime, while many states also support the case of the Kurds protecting historical Kurdistan in the northern corners of the country.
  • KARAM AL-MASRI/AFP/Getty Images
    Human rights abuse has been noted on all sides on the Syrian civil war, including mass murder, violence against women and potentially even war crimes. Petty crime is also a problem in towns and cities as the police force has stopped functioning along with many other aspects of the civil service.
  • Ibrahim Khader/Pacific Press/ABACAPRESS.COM
    Fighters face constant battles with the state's army, and the use of chemical weapons in the conflict has been proven. The rebels are supported by France, the UK, the USA, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
  • Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
    Rebels have been fending off government forces with weapons strapped to pick-up trucks, while the Army targets Aleppo with Scud missiles. Members of the Free Syrian Army, mostly those who defected from the state, brought weapons and armour with them.
  • KARAM AL-MASRI/AFP/Getty Images
    The death toll in Syria is estimated to have reached 210,000 since it began in 2011. While the majority of deaths have been caused by fighting, many perish from cold, illness, lack of hospitals or other side effects of the war. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at least 100,000 deaths are thought to be civilian, and the real numbers could be much higher.
  • KARAM AL-MASRI/AFP/Getty Images
    The ongoing crisis has led to an estimated 6.5 million made homeless within the country's borders and a further 3 million fleeing to other countries.
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