Escalating Syria violence threatens ceasefire

Syrian rescue workers and residents help an injured woman following a reported air strike by government forces on the rebel-held neighbourhood of Haydariya in Aleppo on April 10, 2016Fighting escalated on several fronts Thursday around Syria’s second city Aleppo as a Russian-backed government offensive strained a landmark ceasefire and a new round of peace talks in Geneva. In the Swiss city, UN envoy Staffan de Mistura criticised President Bashar al-Assad’s government for hindering efforts to deliver life-saving assistance to Syrians in need. On the ground, government fighters, rebels and jihadists battled for control of swathes of Aleppo province, threatening a nearly seven-week ceasefire that had seen violence drop.

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