Rebels launch assault in Syria’s Aleppo, diplomats try to revive truce

by Lisa Barrington and Denis Dyomkin  |  published on May 4, 2016

Rebel fighters launched an assault in Syria’s divided northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday and fired rockets on a hospital in the latest violence to hit civilians as diplomats struggled to restore an unraveling ceasefire and resurrect peace talks.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based group that monitors the conflict, said rebel rockets had killed 19 people in government-held territory, including an unspecified number at the al-Dabit hospital.

It described a rebel offensive that led to casualties on both sides. Rebels had hit a government gun position with a guided missile.

The Syrian state-run Ikhbariya news channel said three women were killed at the hospital and 17 people wounded. A Damascus Information Ministry statement called it a crime against humanity.

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