Presidential candidate Gary Johnson shocked viewers when he revealed that he wasn’t familiar with the Syrian city, Aleppo, on Sept. 8. For those who haven’t been informed about the war-torn city, we’ve got a list of 5 facts you should know here!
1.) It’s one of the oldest cities in the world.
Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party nominee may have admitted that he didn’t know what Aleppo was during Morning Joe on Sept. 8, but he’s likely not alone. Aleppo is right between the Mediterranean Sea and Iraq. It’s been rich in trade since the 2nd millennium B.C., especially for being near one end of the Silk Road.
2.) Violence continues to plague the northern Syrian city, Aleppo.
Governments of several countries are still waging military assaults in the Syrian civil war. More than a quarter of a million Syrians have died in the conflict since it started in 2011. Since then, it’s been dubbed the worst hit-city. So sad.
3.) Twelve children had to be medically treated after a recent airstrike.
Many of us saw the harrowing image of Omran Daqneesh, 3, covered in blood and dust while seated in the back of an ambulance in Aug. The photo immediately went viral, since he looked absolutely stunned after enduring such a tragedy. He was one of 12 children under the age of 15 being medically treated after he was rescued from a damaged building.
4.) People are afraid to visit the city since it’s so dangerous.
“No one wants to go there, it’s nearly impossible for reporters and aid workers, although the brave get through and we commend them,” according to a recent report from Fox News.
5.) Chlorine bombs have been used on citizens.
Seventy people were recently injured by chlorine bombs. They’re known to cause blinding and several other eye injuries. President Assad’s government helicopters also reportedly dropped barrel bombs in the beginning of Sept., killing 16 kids, who were attending a funeral in an “opposition town.” Hopefully, these horrible acts will come to an end soon.
HollywoodLifers, have YOU heard of Aleppo before? Let us know.