Dozens killed as fighting continues in Aleppo


Dozens of people have been killed in a day-long battle in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, as a resurgence in fighting undermines hope of a partial truce.

Human rights observers estimate up to 300 people have died during the past fortnight, as government forces and Syrian rebels battle for control of the country’s largest city.

In the most recent fighting, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said dozens of people had been killed, although the exact number is in dispute.

One rebel fighter has told Reuters that 40 Syrian army fighters had been killed, while rebel losses stood at 10.

However a military source denied such heavy losses in military ranks, but said dozens of civilians and rebels had been killed.

On Tuesday, Syrian state TV said a hospital in Aleppo had been hit by a rebel rocket attack, killing several people and injuring many more.

On the same day, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed a resolution, condemning attacks on health facilities.

“Since the beginning of the (Syrian) conflict, Physicians for Human Rights has documented more than 360 attacks on some 250 medical facilities,” UN chief Ban Ki-Moon said.

“More than 730 medical personnel have been killed.”

The fighting has put renewed pressure on diplomatic efforts to broker a ceasefire which includes the city of Aleppo.

The Security Council will convene an urgent meeting later to deal with the growing crisis, following a request from France and Britain.

Britain’s Ambassador to the UN, Matthew Rycroft, said: “Aleppo is burning … and its civilians are being killed.”

While the UN Security Council meets in New York, Germany is hosting a meeting with France’s top diplomat, the UN’s envoy for Syria, and Syria’s main opposition leader.

A 27 February truce between the Syrian government and rebel forces has effectively collapsed, although Russia had earlier indicated it could be extended.

Source: Sky News

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