Monday, October 3, 2016

Syrian government offers rebels state passage

Syrian government and allied forces advanced toward Aleppo on Sunday, pursuing their week-old offensive to take the rebel-held part of the city after dozens of overnight air strikes, Reutersreported.

As the offensive continued, the Syrian army told the insurgents to leave their positions, offering safe passage and aid supplies, according to the news agency.

Syrian forces supported by Iranian-backed militias and Russian air power began their push to take the whole of the divided city after a ceasefire collapsed last month.

While Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke by phone to discuss normalization of the situation, Britain said the bombing of hospitals by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad made it impossible talk about peace.

"It is the continuing savagery of the Assad regime against the people of Aleppo and the complicity of the Russians in committing what are patently war crimes - bombing hospitals, when they know they are hospitals and nothing but hospitals - that is making it impossible for peace negotiations to resume," British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said, according to Reuters. READ MORE