Syrian military announces new offensive in rebel-held eastern Aleppo
he Syrian military has announced a new offensive in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, where a quarter of a million people are living under siege. State media reports that Army officials have warned civilians to avoid areas where “terrorists” are operating.
It comes after jets pounded rebel positions in the city on Wednesday night as a week-old truce collapsed, reportedly killing at least thirteen people. It is unclear whether the new offensive will involve ground troops.
Meanwhile, talks between the US and Russia on reviving the collapsed ceasefire have broken up without progress in New York. Russia supports the Syrian government, while the US backs the opposition.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington could not be the only one trying to hold open the door to peace. The US wants Russia to press the Syrian government to ground its warplanes. Kerry added that he will hold further consultations with the Russian team later today.