Syrian pro-government forces press attack on city of Aleppo


Demonstrating Moscow's commitment to backing Assad, the Russian military said it has beefed up its forces in Syria with state-of-the-art air defense missiles.

The U.S. announced Monday that it was suspending diplomatic contacts with Russian Federation over Syria after trading blame with Moscow for the collapse of a Syrian cease-fire two weeks ago.

In Moscow, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova voiced regret about the US move and blamed Washington for the failure to persuade the moderate Syrian rebels it backs to cut ties with extremist groups.

One of the mortar shells fired at the embassy complex hit the residential area, while two others landed near the embassy building, the ministry said in a statement. "The United States spared no effort in negotiating and attempting to implement an arrangement with Russian Federation aimed at reducing violence, providing unhindered humanitarian access, and degrading terrorist organizations operating in Syria", including fighters of the Islamic State and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, the militant group formerly known as the Nusra Front. -Russian talks on Syria have collapsed suggests that there is little hope, if any, of a diplomatic solution emerging anytime soon to end a 5½-year-old civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced 11 million.

According to the article, all these facts show that Washington is waging a "surrogate war" against Russian Federation in Syria. "This is not a decision that was taken lightly", a spokesman for the U.S. Department of State, John Kirby, said in a statement on Monday.

Since a cease-fire brokered by the USA and Russia ended on September 19, rebel-held neighborhoods where 275,000 people live have been subjected to some of the worst bombardment by Russian and Syrian warplanes since fighting began in 2011.

Syrian state media are saying that rebel shelling of government-held neighborhoods of the northern city of Aleppo has killed six people and wounded 47.

"Russia and the Syrian regime are failing to discriminate between terrorist targets and the civilian population", said Dion.

They said they inflicted losses on pro-government fighters after several hours of clashes on the fringe of Sheikh Saed district, at the southern edge of the rebel-held eastern half of Aleppo city.

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The Observatory says 420 people have been killed and more than a thousand have been wounded in and around Aleppo since a cease-fire brokered by Russian Federation and the US collapsed two weeks ago.

On Monday, the largest hospital in the rebel-held side of Aleppo was completely destroyed in an aerial attack, according to the Syrian American Medical Society, which supports the facility.

The U.N. human rights chief is decrying an unfolding "calamity" in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo where government forces continue to strike besieged, rebel-held parts in the east.

The suspension came as the U.N. Security Council began negotiations on a draft resolution seeking an immediate truce in Aleppo and calling for an end to all military flights over the Syrian city.

When asked how Russian Federation viewed the suggestion of limiting the veto rights of permanent Security Council members, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: "Negatively".

Russian Federation and China have previously protected the Syrian government from council action by blocking several resolutions, including a bid to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court.

On September 17, USA warplanes attacked Syrian government forces near the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor, leaving 62 military personnel killed.

The watchdog said the airstrikes had also killed some 2,746 members of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) and 2,814 from other rebel and militant groups.