‘The nightmare has become a reality’: residents of besieged Aleppo fear the worst as regime cuts off last road into city

“The nightmare has become a reality,” Ismail al-Abdullah said breathlessly in a call that came in the dead of the night. “The city of Aleppo has been cut off from the world and we are completely surrounded. We will die here soon, I am sure.”

The sound of barrel bombs crashing to the ground could be heard in the distance as Mr Abdullah begged for help.