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Syria ceasefire to be extended to Aleppo

People walk on the rubble after an airstrike in a rebel held area of Aleppo, Syria, on May 3, 2016

Syria's fragile ceasefire has been extended to the northern city of Aleppo, the US and Russia have agreed.

The UN envoy for Syria has said 400,000 more Syrians may flee to the Turkish border if the ceasefire collapses.

US officials said Washington had agreed with Moscow to expand the ceasefire to the northern city of Aleppo, where violence has escalated in recent days.



Syria hospital strikes prompt unprecedented UN resolution

The al-Dabit maternity clinic in Aleppo was damaged by rocket fire. Credit: Reuters

An unprecedented resolution demanded that hospitals and clinics be protected in war zones has been adopted by the UN Security Council.

There have been six strikes on medical facilities in the Syrian city of Aleppo in the past week, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross, including one that killed at least 30 people.

The council unanimously adopted the measure condemning the targeting of health facilities and said such attacks are war crimes.

The resolution is the first ever adopted by the council specifically on the need to protect medical facilities in war zones.

According to Doctors Without Borders (MSF), there were 94 attacks in Syria against hospitals and clinics supported by that NGO and three MSF-linked health facilities in Yemen have been bombed over the past six months.

Three children among dead in Aleppo hospital strike

At least 19 people, including three children, have been killed in rebel airstrikes on government-held areas of Aleppo.

That death toll is likely to rise, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

Around 80 people have been injured, many seriously, with a hospital among the buildings hit by rocket fire.

'Dozens killed' in rebel rocket attack on hospital in Syria

The al-Dabit hospital in Aleppo that was hit on Tuesday morning, posted by the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross Credit: @ICRC_sy

A rebel rocket attack on a hospital in Aleppo has killed dozens of people, Syrian state TV reports.

"(Dozens) martyred and wounded in rockets fired by terrorists at al-Dabit Hospital," a news flash said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the hospital, in a government-held part of the city, has been heavily damaged.

The latest airstrike comes days after an attack on a clinic in a rebel-held part of Aleppo killed 27 medical staff and patients, including Dr Muhammad Maaz, one of the last paediatricians in the area.

More than 250 people have died in shellings and airstrikes in Aleppo over the past 10 days, according to the Observatory.

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