Missiles blast Aleppo as Syria army readies ground assault

September 24, 2016 | By | Reply More

Sep 24, – Forty-five civilians including several children were killed and dozens wounded in the raids on eastern Aleppo by Russian warplanes and regime aircraft, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group.

Missiles blast Aleppo as Syria army readies ground assaultMissiles rained down on rebel-held areas of Syria’s Aleppo on Friday, causing widespread destruction that overwhelmed rescue teams, as the army prepared a ground offensive to retake the city.

The intensity of the bombardment, which included artillery barrages and barrel bombings by helicopters, brought new misery to the estimated 250,000 civilians besieged by the army.

The escalation came after US Secretary of State John Kerry failed to reach an agreement with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Thursday on terms to salvage a failed ceasefire.

The two met again on Friday at the United Nations and made what Kerry said was “a little bit of progress” on resolving their differences on Syria.

“We’re evaluating some mutual ideas in a constructive way, period,” Kerry told reporters.

Asked at the UN earlier whether the truce could be reinstated, Lavrov simply said: “You should ask the Americans.”

He later told the UN General Assembly that US-Russian agreements aimed at ending the Syria conflict must be salvaged, saying there was “no alternative” to the process.

“Now it is essential to prevent a disruption of these agreements,” Lavrov said.

Thursday’s Kerry-Lavrov talks in New York broke up after Russia refused US demands that it promise to immediately ground the Syrian regime’s air force.

– ‘Partition card’ –

Also in New York, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of “playing the card of a partition” of his country with the Aleppo offensive.

The Syrian opposition coalition, meanwhile, condemned what it termed the regime’s Russian-backed “criminal campaign… targeting the besieged residential districts of Aleppo”.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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