Aleppo is one of the oldest cities in the world. In recent years, much of its beauty has been wiped away in violent conflicts. Thousands of refugees have fled to avoid being killed and about 20% of the city was destroyed during conflicts. As the violence and destruction continues, it’s recommended that you don’t visit this city at any costs. There is a strong military presence and they control the city. Snipers are positioned around roads and there is here a very high risk of getting shot by the military or a terrorist group. As the area is so violent and unstable, it’s impossible to know exactly how many homicides occurred in Aleppo in recent years.
Terrorism Risk: HIGH
There have been many terrorist attacks across Syria including in major cities, resulting in large numbers of casualties. There are several terrorist groups operating in Syria, including Daesh and Hay’at Tahrir al Sham. They target a wide range of places, including official installations, airports, border crossings, public transport and civilian spaces like public squares, hospitals, places of worship and learning institutions.
There is an increased threat to Westerners in Syria. Foreign nationals, are high value targets for terrorists. There’s an increasing threat of terrorist attacks globally against Western interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant of this and the FCDO’s advice not to travel to any part of Syria at this time.