Syria truce tested as Aleppo bombardment kills 25

More than 270,000 people have been killed since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011Air strikes and shelling on Syria’s second city Aleppo and a town to its west left 25 civilians reported dead Tuesday, as a surge in violence tests a troubled ceasefire. UN chief Ban Ki-moon said he was “deeply concerned” by the fighting and urged both sides to stick to the two-month-old truce and troubled peace talks in Geneva. The fighting severely threatens the February ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia and comes as UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva stall.

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