Tag: Aleppo

What has happened to those who sent final goodbyes?

As the battle for Aleppo heads towards a conclusion, people trapped in a small area of east Aleppo still held by the rebels have been sending harrowing messages with their final goodbyes. As the bombing by Syrian government forces intensified, the calls for help from those trapped in rebel-territory have grown more desperate. On Tuesday, […]

Aleppo battle: Syrian army presses advance against rebels

Syrian government troops pressed on with their offensive against rebel-held eastern parts of the city of Aleppo late into the evening. The government has already recaptured more than 70% of the rebel-controlled areas in the east, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says. More than 100,000 people are believed to be trapped in districts […]

Syria war: Russia, China vote against Aleppo ceasefire

Russia and China on Monday vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire in the Syrian city of Aleppo to allow desperately needed aid into the war-ravaged zone. The United States and Russia verbally dueled before the vote, which called for a seven-day truce. Venezuela also rejected the resolution. The vote came […]

Syria conflict: Rebels lose third of east Aleppo territory

Syrian government forces have captured more than a third of rebel-held territory in eastern Aleppo. The advance, after heavy bombing from the air, is a major blow for the armed opponents of President Bashar al-Assad. State TV said government troops were dismantling mines and explosives and continuing their advance. Thousands of civilians have fled the […]

Syrian rebel forces in Aleppo suffer ‘biggest defeat since 2012’

Rebel forces in Aleppo have lost control of a key district that threatens to split the remaining opposition-held area in two, according to activists. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said pro-government forces seized the strategic Sakhour district in a wider advance that in recent days has driven rebels from a third of the areas […]

Obama presses Putin on Syria as Aleppo bombed by regime forces

The US president, Barack Obama, has urged greater efforts to end violence in war-torn Syria in brief talks with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, as concern mounts over a ferocious regime bombing campaign in rebel-held parts of Aleppo. Obama made the comments to his Russian counterpart on Sunday on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific Economic […]

Aleppo self-rule plan rejected by government

A UN proposal to end heavy fighting in the city of Aleppo has been rejected by the Syrian government. Under the plan, rebel-held eastern Aleppo would remain under opposition control if rebel fighters withdrew. Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem, who met the UN envoy to Syria on Sunday, called the idea a violation of “national sovereignty”. […]

Syria conflict: Food rations run out in rebel-held Aleppo

The last remaining food rations are being distributed in besieged rebel-held eastern districts of the Syrian city of Aleppo, the UN has said. Humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland warned that without a resupply there would be no food left to hand out next week to the 275,000 people living there. Mr Egeland ruled out airdrops of […]

Syria: ‘Final truce chance’ for Aleppo rebels begins

Russian and Syrian government forces have begun a 10-hour ceasefire in the city of Aleppo to allow rebels and civilians to leave besieged areas. Russia has said this pause will be the last chance for rebels to leave eastern districts in safety. The rebels have rejected the offer and have been continuing a counter-offensive aimed […]

Aleppo could be ‘bombed into smithereens’, warns John Kerry

Aleppo, Syria’s second city, is at risk of being “bombed into smithereens” by Russia unless a fresh ceasefire can be agreed with Vladimir Putin, the US secretary of state, John Kerry, has said. But Kerry said he still believed a ceasefire could be agreed, and revealed proposals were still going back and forth between Moscow and […]