Syria says truce still vi­able af­ter week of airstrikes

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Syria’s for­eign min­is­ter said Mon­day that an in­ter­na­tion­ally bro­kered cease­fire is still vi­able, as res­cue work­ers in Aleppo sifted through the rub­ble from the heav­i­est airstrikes on rebel-held ar­eas of the north­ern city in five years.

For­eign Min­is­ter Walid al-Moallem, speak­ing to Mayadeen TV from New York, also said the gov­ern­ment is pre­pared to take part in a unity gov­ern­ment in­cor­po­rat­ing el­e­ments from the op­po­si­tion, an of­fer that has been re­jected in the past.

Op­po­si­tion ac­tivists say more than 200 civil­ians have been killed in the past week un­der a sus­tained aerial cam­paign that U.N. en­voy Staffan de Mis­tura called one of the worst of the 5 ½-year war. The U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil con­vened an emer­gency meet­ing but failed to take any ac­tion be­cause of deep di­vi­sions be­tween Rus­sia and Western pow­ers.

Airstrikes on Aleppo on Mon­day killed 12, in­clud­ing three chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to the Bri­tain-based Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights.

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