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Syrian president says he will take back Aleppo at all costs

Rufina Vignone | 18 Ottobre, 2016, 00:05

Heavy aerial bombardment of eastern Aleppo resumed on Tuesday after a pause of several days which the Syrian army said was created to allow civilians to leave.

More than 20 air strikes hit the rebel-held east at dawn on Thursday, the Britain-based monitoring group said.

Russian Federation said today it was prepared to secure safe passage for rebels to quit Syria's Aleppo but kept up air strikes on the battleground city as world powers readied new truce talks.

Speaking to Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda, Assad said, "You have to keep cleaning this area and to push the terrorists to Turkey to go back to where they come from, or to kill them".

Amid wrangling over how an global coalition might intervene to stop the Assad regime's bombardment of Aleppo, without coming into direct conflict with Russian forces, the British foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, said on Thursday: "We can not just see Aleppo pulverised in this way".

There was "no other option", said the President, adding the city would be a "very important springboard" to "liberate" Syria.

Violence has continued unabated in the northern city, once Syria's commercial hub but now ravaged by Russian and regime air strikes in support of a major government offensive against rebels.

Rebel fire on government-held areas of the city killed at least eight civilians on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights added.

Syria has been plunged into some of the worst violence of its five-year-war since the collapse of a truce brokered by Washington and Moscow last month.

Syria's conflict is turning into a clash between the West and Russian Federation, the war-torn country's president said today.

Now in its sixth year, Syria's civil war has killed 300,000 people and made millions homeless while dragging in regional and global powers and inspiring jihadist attacks overseas.

New Zealand has circulated a new draft which "demands an immediate and complete end to all attacks which may result in the death or injury or damage to civilian objects in Syria, in particular those carried out by air in Aleppo".

Idlib is held by an alliance of rebels and jihadists including the Fateh al-Sham Front, which changed its name from Al-Nusra Front when it cut ties with Al-Qaeda.

However he said, Russian Federation will propose "concrete moves" to implement past Security Council resolutions on Syria.

President Vladimir Putin is seeking to lock in gains from the Syrian battlefield, where forces backed by Moscow are laying siege to the city of Aleppo, before a new United States president takes office in January, according to top lawmakers in Moscow.

She has said she admires Putin, and believes France should seek an alliance with him and the Syrian government to fight Islamist militants.

The US State Department noted that Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry are likely to focus their discussion on the situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo and "getting cessation of hostility in place", which could enable conditions for political talks to resume.

Rescue workers said 154 people had been killed in recent days, though that figure was not independently verified.

Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy, deputy special United Nations envoy for Syria, told reporters Thursday that the situation in eastern Aleppo was dire, with hundreds of people, including children, in urgent need of medical evacuation.

The center of the crisis in question is the city of Aleppo, which has been divided into East and West Aleppo, with rebels holding the east.

Syrian state news agency SANA said the school in the al-Suleimaniya area had been targeted in what it described as a terrorist attack.

Earlier this week, the Observatory said at least 358 civilians have been killed in eastern Aleppo since the USA and Russian-brokered truce collapsed in September.

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