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Moscow Hopes for Truce 'within Hours' as Fighting Rocks Aleppo

Russia hoped Tuesday a new ceasefire could be announced within hours for Syria's battered city of Aleppo, where fresh fighting including rocket fire on a maternity hospital left at least 16 dead.

As the city was struck by some of its heaviest reported clashes in days, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said efforts were under way to agree a freeze in the fighting.

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3 Dead, 17 Wounded by Rebel Fire on Hospital in Syria's Aleppo, Says State Media

Rebel fire on a hospital in a government-controlled neighborhood of Syria's second city Aleppo killed three women and wounded another 17 people on Tuesday, state media reported.

The rockets hit Al-Dabbeet hospital in the Muhafaza district, state news agency SANA said.

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Syrian Conflict 'in many Ways out of Control', Kerry Warns

Syria's civil war is "in many ways out of control" U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Monday, vowing to work hard in the "coming hours" to salvage a tattered truce.

Speaking after talks with U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura, Kerry said he would call his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov later Monday to press for the ceasefire to be restored.

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Qaouq: Saudi Chiefly Responsible for Ongoing Aleppo Massacres

Deputy head of Hizbullah Sheikh Nabil Qaouq held on Monday Saudi Arabia responsible for the ongoing conflict in Syria, accusing it of being the main backer of takfiri and al-Qaida-linked groups, reported the National News Agency.

He said: “The Saudi regime is chiefly responsible for the ongoing bloody massacres taking place in Aleppo.”

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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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