Syria: Dozens killed in Aleppo fighting

    Syria: Dozens killed in Aleppo fighting

    May 4, Damascus: At least 20 Syrian government air strikes have peppered the Damascus suburbs after a temporary truce agreement expired, a monitoring group said.

    The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Wednesday that the strikes targeted areas in Eastern and Western Ghouta after the deal expired at midnight.

    The monitor also reported fighting between rebels and government forces in Deir al-Asafir, an area targeted by the strikes in Eastern Ghouta.

    Separately, the UN Security Council scheduled a meeting on escalating violence in the city of Aleppo in response to an urgent request from the UK and France.

    French ambassador François Delattre said that the city had "been under constant bombardment since 2012" and described it as the "martyred centre of the resistance" to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    At least three people were killed in a rebel rocket attack on a hospital there on Tuesday, the observatory said, in shelling that killed at least 19 people in government-controlled parts of the city.

    Rebels and government forces have been battling each other with rockets and bombs across Aleppo. More than 250 people have been killed - mostly by government air strikes - in less than two weeks.

    Staffan de Mistura, the UN special envoy, recently estimated that 400,000 people have been killed in a five-year conflict that has driven millions of people from the country, media reports said.

    The Oslo Times


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