A rebel fighter searches Syrian Arab Red Crescent members before they are sent to deliver food aid to Aleppo Central Prison May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah
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Aid has been cut from rebel-held areas of Aleppo for the longest period since the Syrian civil war began due to an escalation in airstrikes and bombardments, driving up food prices and choking efforts to ease the plight of residents.Aleppo, Syria's largest city before the civil war with a population of over 2 million, has been divided for years into rebel and government sectors. Capturing Aleppo is one of President Bashar Assad's key objectives.A pro-Damascus source told Reuters there are preparations underway for "something big in Aleppo".Mercy Corps, which reaches about 570,000 people monthly in Syria and over 75,000 people in Aleppo city, has been distributing flour to bakeries and food parcels to families which rely on them for sustenance.As aid stocks run down in Aleppo, food prices in markets have risen, putting extra strain on the limited finances of people weakened by more than five years of civil war.
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