Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an al-Qaeda linked group, are trying to hold on to their northern Syrian stronghold of al-Raqqa in the face of an assault from a loose coalition of more moderate opposition Syrian fighters.
Food and other supplies cannot reach residents of the besieged city because of the ongoing violence.
Images from al-Raqqa show people gathering in desperation outside a bakery, but with no flour getting in. Reports indicate that in some areas, people have not eaten bread for three days.
Al Jazeera's Rula Amin reports from Beirut in neighbouring Lebanon.
Source: Al Jazeera