Obama 'not optimistic' on Syria as Aleppo pummelled

A Syrian rescuer carries a woman from the rubble of a building following reported airstrikes on Aleppo's rebel-held district of al-Hamra on November 20, 2016US President Barack Obama said he is “not optimistic” about Syria’s future, as the UN warned time is running out to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe in Aleppo which has been pounded by air strikes for nearly a week. Government forces launched a ferocious assault last Tuesday to recapture eastern Aleppo, killing 115 civilians so far. In fresh fighting on Sunday at least eight children died when rebel rocket fire hit their school in the government-controlled west.

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