01 May '16, 2am

#US demands halt to bombardment of Aleppo city by #Syria government forces

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States on Saturday (April 30) demanded that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's forces halt their bombardment of the city of Aleppo and help restore a nationwide ceasefire. In calls to the UN peace envoy for Syria and to the lead opposition negotiator, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the priority was "a durable, nationwide cessation". A truce was called in February between Mr Assad's forces and a coalition of rebels but has since begun to break down, particularly in the divided and besieged city of Aleppo. This week, Russia and the United States agreed to pressure the parties to hold their fire in the Latakia and Eastern Ghouta regions - but Aleppo was left out of the deal. Fierce bombing has continued in the city, with heavy civilian casualties, and Russia has made it clear it has no intention of reining in its ally Mr Assad's forces. With ...

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