BEIRUT – Air strikes hit rebel-held parts of Aleppo just hours into an announced 48-hour ceasefire and fighting carried on in and around the northern Syrian city, monitors and witnesses said.
Russia, an ally of Syria, announced the truce there on Thursday but did not say which parties had agreed to it. There has been no public comment on the truce announcement from Assad’s government or factions fighting his forces. The Britain-based monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said aerial bombardments hit a number of neighbourhoods in the opposition-held sector and that there were reports of one death and some injuries. “There were strikes on a number of residential areas causing fires and damage. The truce was supposed to have come into effect at 12 midnight,
but now there is no truce,” Bebars Mishal, a civil defence chief working in rebel-held areas of Aleppo told Reuters. Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said an air strike had put one of Aleppo’s biggest hospitals out of service. It was not immediately clear if strikes had hit the 64-bed MSF-supported Omar Bin Abdulaziz hospital directly or nearby, and the extent of damage was not known.