Aleppo clashes rage after U.N. envoy’s offer

February 19, 2015 7:26 AM

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Aleppo clashes rage after U.N. envoy’s offer

BEIRUT: Syrian rebels fought back Wednesday against a government offensive near Aleppo that appeared to pour cold water on Staffan de Mistura’s announcement of a government readiness to halt hostilities in the northern city.

The surprise offensive began early Tuesday, and hours before U.N. envoy de Mistura informed the Security Council that President Bashar Assad was willing to suspend the bombing of Aleppo for six weeks.

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