Syria prepared to suspend Aleppo bombing, says UN envoy

February 18, 2015 11:37 PM

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As fighting surged north of Aleppo yesterday, United Nations envoy Staffan de Mistura said the Syrian government was prepared to suspend aerial bombardment and artillery shelling of insurgent-held areas of the city for six weeks from a date to be announced in Damascus.

At least 70 Syrian army soldiers and 86 insurgents from al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, other fundamentalist and western-supported factions have died in clashes during a government offensive to cut off supply lines for insurgent-held quarters of Aleppo, according to the Britain-based opposition ...

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