The troubles of the Syrian people seem almost never-ending, with the latest increase in fighting leading to the city of Aleppo’s water supply cut off as well, in addition to the already present food and medical supply shortage.

The problem is that the government and the rebels can fight it out for as long as both feel like, but the civilians that are housed in areas controlled by both factions are the ones that suffer the most.

With the recent spate of increased fighting, two million people in the city of Aleppo are without food and water, but things are even worse for the 250,000 civilians behind rebel lines in the east of the city, as that part of the city had been besieged by government forces since July.

President Putin’s recent meeting with President Erdogan of Turkey has made the international community optimistic about a potential (but temporary) cessation of hostilities in the war-ravaged nation, especially since both Russia and Turkey support opposing sides in the conflict between Assad’s government and the rebels. This optimism might not be too well-placed though, anything beyond Russia’s suggestion of a periodic three-hour ceasefire for humanitarian aid might be too much to ask for. This three-hour period too, came and went by unnoticed on Thursday, as it could only be upheld if all the fighting factions agreed to it. UN humanitarian efforts on the ground had asked for at least 48 hours to get rations across safely.

The only positive outcome of the Russia-Turkey connection might be a resulting joint effort to take on IS in Syria in the distant future, but this line of thought too, is a long way from being fully materialised. As long as fighting within Aleppo and major cities continues at this feverish pace, it will take nothing short of a miracle to save Syria.