In one picture the small town of Anadan, four miles from second city Aleppo, is shown pockmarked with more than 600 craters – some located next to what appears to be a civilian housing complex.
That, says Amnesty International who published the July 31 picture, is a result of the fierce fighting that is blighting the north-western city.
Other images show the build-up of Syrian troops and their rebel enemies inside the city itself, while further ones detail trucks on fire and cars in line for rapidly-running out fuel.
The group also said it was concerned that the deployment of heavy weaponry in residential areas would lead to further human rights abuses and grave breaches of international law.
Koettl added: ‘The Syrian military and the opposition fighters must both adhere to international humanitarian law.
‘It strictly forbids the use of tactics and weapons that fail to distinguish between military and civilian targets.’
A senior security official said on Sunday the army had completed the buildup in Aleppo of some 20,000 troops. That was in readiness for a decisive showdown in the battle underway since July 20.
The head of the United Nations observer mission in Syria, Lieutenant General Babacar Gaye, voiced concern for civilians trapped in the fighting in the city of some 2.7 million people.
Rebels say they control around half of the city. Publication of the images came after Syrian rebels today said they had killed a Russian general working as an adviser to the Minister of Defence.
They claimed the incident happened in an operation in the western Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus.
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