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US and Russia in 'parallel universe' on Syria ceasefire

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov have clashed at the UN over the failed Syria ceasefire.

It follows the attack on an aid convoy in Syria which killed 21 people, which the US blamed on Russia but Moscow has denied any involvement in.

Here are the key developments:

  • The attack on Monday night left at least 21 people dead, aid agencies said
  • The aid convoy was delivering aid for 78,000 people at the time of the attack
  • The United States believes two Russian jets carried out the airstrike, something Russia has denied
  • At the UN, Mr Kerry appeared to suggest Mr Lavrov was a 'spoiler' who 'shredded' any hopes of a ceasefire
  • Mr Kerry has also called for no-fly zones to be implemented in Syria
  • Mr Lavrov said a ceasefire would only work if there was a comprehensive approach with simultaneous steps taken by all parties involved
  • The UN has said it will resume humanitarian aid convoys within Syria
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Aid convoy attack area 'went from paradise to hell'

The Aleppo civil defence head of the volunteer rescue group White Helmets has described the moment a convoy delivering aid for 78,000 people came under attack, killing at least 21 people.

Ammar Alselmo, whose volunteers attend victims of airstrikes, said the area of the attack near Aleppo was transformed "from paradise to hell" shortly after 7pm on Monday, and hospitals in the city are struggling to cope.

Speaking to ITV News via Skype, he said: "After seven O'Clock it was horrible. It transformed from paradise to hell.

"In the besieged area of Aleppo now there is no medicine, the hospitals in Aleppo are out, there is no blood, there is no medicine for the critical situation.

"There is no food, nothing. I ask the world to stop this circle of madness, the circle of this terrible thing."

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