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Residents Flee as Air Strikes Shake Syria's Aleppo

Terrified residents fled a new wave of air strikes on rebel-held areas of Syria's divided city of Aleppo on Saturday, as key regime backer Russia rejected calls to rein in its ally.

Aleppo was left out of a new temporary U.S.-Russian brokered truce that appeared to be holding in the regime stronghold of Latakia as well as Damascus and the nearby rebel bastion of Eastern Ghouta.

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Russia Consulate in Aleppo Shelled by 'Terrorists', Says Foreign Ministry

Russia's foreign ministry on Friday denounced an attack on its consulate in Syria's war-ravaged city of Aleppo, accusing jihadists of shelling the compound.

"The building of Russia's Consulate General in Aleppo came under sudden mortar attack on April 28 around 3 pm Moscow time (1200 GMT)," it said in a statement.

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Clinic Hit in Syria's Aleppo amid Outcry over Hospital Strike

Regime aircraft pounded rebel areas of Syria's second city Aleppo on Friday, hitting a clinic just days after a strike destroyed a hospital, killing two doctors and sparking an international outcry.

More than 200 civilians have been killed in Aleppo over the past week as rebels have pounded government-held neighborhoods with rocket and artillery fire and the regime has hit rebel areas with air raids.

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Lifeline to Millions in Syria 'May be Broken', Says U.N.

A "catastrophic deterioration" of the situation in Syria is threatening the delivery of aid to millions of people, the U.N. warned Thursday, urging immediate international action to shore up humanitarian access on the ground.

"The stakes are so incredibly high," said Jan Egeland, who heads an international humanitarian taskforce for the war-ravaged country.

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Aid Enters Besieged Central Syria Town, Says Red Cross

An aid convoy for besieged civilians entered a rebel-held town in central Syria on Wednesday for the first time in a year, the Red Cross said.

In the third such aid operation in Homs province this week, the Red Crescent and International Committee of the Red Cross was delivering food parcels to 12,000 families in and around Talbisseh, ICRC spokesman Pawel Krzysiek said.

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Syria Kurds Retrieve Body of Russian Officer from IS

Syrian Kurdish forces have retrieved the remains of a Russian special forces officer from the Islamic State jihadist group, a source on the ground told AFP on Wednesday.

"The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) managed to retrieve the body of a Russian soldier killed during the battle for Palmyra that was in the hands of IS," the source said, without saying how.

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Second Aid Delivery to Besieged Central Syria Town, Says Red Cross

Relief groups on Monday began their second major aid delivery in a week to tens of thousands of besieged people in central Syria, a Red Cross spokesman told AFP.

Thirty-five aid trucks would be delivered to Rastan and surrounding rural areas in central Homs province, said International Committee of the Red Cross spokesman Pawel Krzysiek.

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Car Bomb Kills Seven near Syria Shiite Shrine

A car bomb killed at least seven people near the revered Shiite shrine of Sayyida Zeinab, south of the Syrian capital Damascus, on Monday, state television reported.

The bomb struck Al-Diyabiyah, a town that serves as one of the gateways for the many pilgrims from around the world who visit the Shiite holy site.

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Regime Officials Meet Kurds in Bid to Quell Syria Clashes

Syrian government representatives flew in from Damascus on Friday to try to calm three days of deadly clashes with Kurdish militia in the northeastern city of Qamishli, a security official said.

The fighting in the mainly Kurdish city, most of which is held by the militia, has been a distraction from the two sides' common struggle against the Islamic State jihadist group, which controls swathes of territory to the south.

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Syria Peace Talks to Push on until April 27

U.N.-brokered talks aimed at ending Syria's brutal conflict will push ahead until April 27, despite the departure of the main opposition group, a negotiator in the talks said Friday.

Syria's main opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) earlier this week halted its formal participation in the round of talks that began in Geneva on April 13 in frustration over surging violence on the ground.

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