Cut off by IS advance, residents stranded in Syria's Aleppo

Syrian pupils sit in a classroom on October 4, 2015 at a primary school in the northern city of Aleppo as the new school year startsHundreds of thousands of Aleppo residents are stranded and prices for basic goods are soaring after a jihadist advance cut the sole route to regime-held areas of Syria’s second city. The Islamic State group last week severed a road south of the city that formed part of the only remaining way out for residents of the government-held west of Aleppo. Once Syria’s economic hub, Aleppo has been ravaged by war and divided between government control in the west and rebel control in the east since shortly after fighting there began in mid-2012.

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