Syria: Aleppo truce extended till Monday

    Syria: Aleppo truce extended till Monday

    May 7, Aleppo: A ceasefire in the Syrian city of Aleppo has been extended till Monday to aiming to prevent the situation from worsening.

    The Russian defence ministry said that the ceasefire is part of international efforts to build on a wide-ranging ceasefire introduced in February.

    The Syrian army announced a two-day truce on Wednesday, after two weeks of clashes left nearly 300 civilians dead.

    Russia has been supporting its allies in the Syrian government with air strikes since September 2015.

    Aleppo, in north-west Syria, was the country's industrial and financial centre before the five-year civil war started.

    The recent violence there has been the worst phase of the war in the city for more than a year.

    Reports indicate that the short truce brought respite to Aleppo residents. One of them, trader Sameh Tutunji told Reuters news agency: "Shops opened and people breathed.

    But state media and monitors said one person died in shelling by rebels on Wednesday night.

    The nationwide cessation of hostilities brokered in late February by the US and Russia, which back opposing sides in the war, is close to collapse.

    Russia said on Wednesday that it had withdrawn about 30 aircraft from its airbase in Syria, including all of the Su-25 ground attack planes stationed there.

    The Oslo Times


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