Jumping right in as always, with news out of the Middle Eastern country of Syria leading off today's show. It's been at civil war since 2011.
Ceasefires have come and gone, no end is in sight.
At one time, the Syrian city of Aleppo was the largest in the country. But now, after four years of battle there, it's estimated to have only one-tenth the population it had before the war. The eastern part of the city is controlled by rebels fighting the Syrian government. It's been under siege by government forces. It's been bombed on numerous occasions.
Syria's government says it's targeting terrorist positions in eastern Aleppo and it sent text messages to residents, telling them to evacuate before new assaults begin.
Because so many civilians are caught in the crossfire and because food, water and medical supplies are running low in eastern Aleppo, the situation has become a humanitarian catastrophe.
WILL RIPLEY, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: We've been talking to people in rebel-held east Aleppo who say they feel as if the international community has forgotten them and they also feel the Syrian regime supported by that Russian flotilla just off the Syrian coast is timing this final offensive to coincide with the distraction of the U.S. presidential transition.
They feel that the world is looking the other way and they're fearful that the explosions that happened on Tuesday, the huge explosions that rocked several different neighborhoods around east Aleppo are just going to be the beginning of another horrific onslaught — much like what they saw just three weeks ago when there was that month of continuous bombing when 500 people died including far too many children.
The airstrikes that happened on Tuesday, according to the Syrian regime, were specifically targeting terrorist locations. That's what the state media said, a Syrian state media reporter described the bombing as unprecedented in terms of the number of continuous explosions, a very fearful day and evening for people as they're afraid that their homes might be hit. They're also fearful for hospitals, market places and other soft targets that we've seen from our own on-the-ground reporting often are collateral damage or perhaps intentional targets in this bombing campaign.
We've seen the Syrian regime used this technique in the past where the aerial bombardment coincides with ground troops surrounding the rebel-held area, not allowing in any food or medicine, and also not allowing in any munitions. So, the bombardment would continue, people become hungry and more desperate. And then they send a message basically saying, you can either starve and be bombed, or get on busses, leave your homes and go elsewhere.