Of­fen­sives launched on both sides

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Syr­ian op­po­si­tion fight­ers yes­ter­day shelled gov­ern­ment-held parts of Aleppo, killing at least 12 peo­ple, as the army claimed it was re­pelling a wide of­fen­sive by the rebels in the coun­try’s largest city.

Ac­tivists, mean­while, said gov­ern­ment forces were also shelling rebel-held parts of the city, killing two peo­ple and wound­ing sev­eral.

The es­ca­la­tion came as the diplo­matic fo­cus moved to Moscow where the UN en­voy for Syria started talks in ef­forts to re­store a piece­meal cease-fire that would also in­clude the con­tested north­ern city.

Staffan de Mis­tura is ex­pected to push that the truce also cover Aleppo, which has seen an es­ca­la­tion in vi­o­lence in re­cent weeks. De Mis­tura’s meet­ing with For­eign Min­is­ter Sergey Lavrov came a day af­ter he met with US Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry in Geneva.

In open­ing re­marks in Moscow, de Mis­tura said “we need to make sure the ces­sa­tion of hos­til­i­ties is brought back on track”.

Aleppo has been the cen­tre of vi­o­lence over the past 12 days that left more than 250 civil­ians dead in the con­tested city.

Syr­ian state TV said shells hit a gov­ern­men­theld area dur­ing morn­ing rush hour, killing seven peo­ple and wound­ing at least 35, while ac­tivists re­ported two dead in a rebel neigh­bour­hood.

The re­port said one of the rock­ets hit the Dubeet hos­pi­tal in the cen­tral neigh­bour­hood of Muhafaza.

“Shells and mor­tar rounds are rain­ing down on ev­ery neigh­bour­hood,” said Aleppo-based health of­fi­cial Mo­ham­mad Ha­zouri, speak­ing from Al-Razi hos­pi­tal. He said four peo­ple were killed and more than 30 wounded in Dubeet hos­pi­tal alone, adding that half the ca­su­al­ties at the hos­pi­tal were women and chil­dren.

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