Aleppo became the symbol of a humanitarian catastrophe as all efforts to end the conflict in the country failed.
For the residents of the city of Aleppo, 2016 will be remembered as a year of great humanitarian tragedy. After more than five years of bloodshed, the conflict in Syria is still taking lives.
With every week that goes by, paths towards a solution become fewer and the chances of post-conflict stability more uncertain in the country.
TRT World's James Champion looks back at a what could be a defining year for Syria.