Impact of the civil war in Syria on the transport networks and infrastructure of road in the northeast of Aleppo

The battle of Aleppo was a part of the current Syrian civil war between the rebels and the regime of Bashar al-Assad. It began on 19 July 2012 and ended in July 2016 when the regime forces, supported by Russian air strikes, cut the supply line for the rebels in Aleppo. This battle caused widespread destruction due to the spread of violence against civilians and the repeated targeting of their homes and the infrastructure of various economic and service activities, including the destruction of the transport infrastructure, which was heavily affected by this war. This research will focus on the study of the impact of the civil war in Syria on the road transport infrastructure in the northeast of Aleppo. The aim of this research is to study the status of transport networks and their infrastructure between the urban centres in that area before the outbreak of the civil war (in 2010) and their situation in 2018. We will make digital maps of the situation before and after the war using geographic information system software and satellite images. We will create maps of the status of these infrastructures before the war and their situation in 2018; in this way, we will ascertain the changes that have occurred, and the damage suffered. Then we will try to build a database to help those who are interested in rebuilding this area. The research aims to answer the following questions: What was the status of the transport networks and infrastructure between urban centres before the war in the area of study? What is the status of the transport networks and infrastructure among urban centres in the area of study in 2018? What is the impact of the civil war on the transport networks and infrastructure in the area of study?

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