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Rescue service say dozens killed in Aleppo attack

Rescue service say dozens killed in Aleppo attack

Leaders in Khan al-Shih struck a deal with Damascus that would see their town brought back under regime control in exchange for an end to a government siege.

Washington-based Middle East Institute Scholar Charles Lister says al-Omar is a middle-ground figure who will be tasked with reconciling Ahrar al-Sham's divided leadership.

Yasser al-Youssef, a spokesman for rebel group Nour el-Din el-Zinki, said the pro-government fighters were repelled and the opposition had captured at least one of their soldiers.

That could suggest that Russian Federation wants the Aleppo flashpoint removed from the table before Trump is in place so as to avoid any obstacles to this major shift in USA policy.

The Russian Ministry of Defence said Tuesday that "half" of eastern Aleppo has been "liberated". It said the hospital equipment is now being loaded onto military transport planes to be delivered to Syria.

Rebels say they will not withdraw from eastern Aleppo, a clear indication that they plan to continue fighting regime forces.

The meeting was called by Britain and France's United Nations ambassadors about two weeks after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime announced it would resume airstrikes targeting besieged, rebel-held eastern Aleppo after a three-week pause.

"The future of Aleppo is in the hands of the regime and Russian Federation, and we urge the regime and Russian Federation to stop the bombing and let the aid go through".

The Syrian government said immediately after the attacks that the US -led coalition was guilty of a "serious and blatant attack on Syria and its military", and that it showed the USA supports the Islamic State because the assault enabled Islamic State fighters to make important advances on the battlefield.

According to Syrian national newspaper SANA, eight people were killed on Wednesday and seven others were injured in rocket shells fired by the terrorist organizations on a number of residential neighborhoods in Aleppo.

A report from east Aleppo's Haidariyeh area by a correspondent for Al-Manar TV of Lebanon's Hezbollah group showed bulldozers removing barriers to open roads as Syrian troops rode in armored personnel carriers.

Other residents are shown attempting to flee carrying large bundles or children. "There are no functioning hospitals left, and official food stocks are practically finished in eastern Aleppo", he said in a statement.

He denied any revenge attacks or arbitrary detention took place. There was no way to independently verify the claim or reconcile the different death tolls.

Syrian government and allied troops have pushed their way into northern parts of the besieged enclave.

The UN Security Council is set to hold another emergency session on the crisis in Aleppo, Syria, on November 30 as a UN official called the situation there a "descent into hell".

Reclaiming all of Aleppo, Syria's former commercial capital, would be the biggest prize of the war for Assad.

Ayrault said he will meet Wednesday in Paris with the head of Aleppo's district councils, Brita Hagi Hasan.

The Observatory, a British-based war monitoring group, reported that the government was detaining and questioning hundreds of those fleeing rebel-held areas for the comparative safety of state-controlled districts.

"The situation of the revolutionaries inside the city is good, from a military point of view", he said.

O'Brien expresses concern for the civilians' fate, calling the situation in Aleppo "deeply alarming and chilling".

Syrian government and allied troops pressed their way into northern parts of opposition-held eastern Aleppo in the past couple of days, setting off a wave of panic and flight from the besieged enclave.

Syria's Red Crescent is offering assistance in government-held areas, but does not yet have access to eastern Aleppo.