Army declares new offensive in eastern Aleppo as talks fail

23 Sep 2016

The Syrian military has announced a new offensive in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, where a quarter of a million people are living under siege.

Army officials said civilians there should avoid areas where “terrorists” were operating, state media reported.

It comes after jets pounded rebel positions in the city on Wednesday night as a week-old truce collapsed, reportedly killing at least 13 people.

The UN envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, described the meeting as “long, painful and disappointing”.

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