Four children were among six civilians killed Thursday in a bombardment of a rebel-held area in the northern province of Aleppo, breaching a nationwide ceasefire that went into effect almost two weeks ago, a monitor group said.
Two people were killed and 33 injured in blasts caused by explosives left behind by rebel fighters before their departure this week from their stronghold in eastern Aleppo, Syria's state news agency reported.
Syrian government troops and allied paramilitaries were Friday combing eastern Aleppo for potential explosives left behind by rebel fighters a day after mass evacuations from the enclave were completed, a monitoring group said.
The evacuation of the last rebel enclave in eastern Aleppo was entering its final phase on Thursday, the United Nations said, clearing the way for Syrian government forces to regain full control of the devastated city.
The last residents and rebel fighters in eastern Aleppo were leaving the last opposition enclave in the devastated northern city on Wednesday, signalling the final stage of evacuations that had seen several snags since their start a week ago.
The final evacuations of civilians and rebel fighters from east Aleppo appeared to be on hold on Tuesday evening, with a source close to the Syrian military saying rebels inside the devastated enclave were divided and issuing new demands.
A Syrian military official says that the evacuation of civilians from eastern Aleppo has been suspended until wounded people are allowed leave the besieged government-held villages of Foua and Kefraya in the north-west of the country.
Would-be evacuees from Aleppo spent most of Sunday waiting in near-freezing temperatures after their evacuation was halted by an attack on busses due to carry out a parallel evacuation from two government-held villages besieged by rebels.
A convoy of busses arrived Saturday evening outside two government-held villages in north-western Syria to shuttle locals out of the area in a quid-pro-quo move ahead of the resumption of evacuation of civilians and fighters from the rebel enclave of eastern Aleppo.
Thousands of people in Syrian enclaves, besieged by government forces and rebels, were Saturday waiting to leave under a new deal that also clears the way for restarting evacuations from eastern Aleppo.
The conflict in Syria eclipsed other agenda items at a one-day EU summit in Brussels Thursday as the mayor of besieged eastern Aleppo appeared before EU heads of state and government following an unprecedented last-minute invitation.
A ceasefire is set to go into effect Wednesday night in Aleppo with evacuations of civilians and wounded people from the rebel enclave in the northern Syrian city expected in the morning, spokesmen for two key rebel groups say.
The evacuation of rebels from east Aleppo was delayed even as a ceasefire held on Wednesday, while civilians in the enclave anxiously awaited news on their fate under a deal allowing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to reassert control over the city.
Eastern Aleppo's rebel fighters were due to pull out of the besieged enclave on Wednesday morning, as a ceasefire went into effect, with President Bashar al-Assad looking set to declare victory in Syria's largest city.
The head of the main body negotiating for the Syrian opposition vows that he will not make any concessions on key demands, despite the imminent fall of rebel-held Aleppo to the Syrian government's forces.
Only three per cent of the besieged eastern Aleppo enclave was still in rebel hands, a monitoring group said Monday, as residents sent out pleas for help to leave the city amid rapid advances by government forces and heavy shelling.
Six Western powers demanded Wednesday an "immediate ceasefire" to bring aid into rebel-held Aleppo, warning "a humanitarian disaster" is unfolding as the enclave shrinks in size amid an aggressive advance by Syrian government forces.
Beirut (dpa) - Syrian government forces and their allies advanced deeper into the shrinking rebel-held enclave in eastern Aleppo on Wednesday, seizing the Old City, while demanding the armed opposition groups leave the area.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier pledged 50 million euros (53.2 million dollars) in aid to the war-torn city of Aleppo in Syria after visiting a refugee camp in neighbouring Lebanon on Friday.
Hundreds of Syrians are arriving every hour in government-controlled areas of Aleppo as they flee fighting in the opposition enclave of the divided city, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Thursday.
The UN Security Council was holding an emergency meeting to discuss the devastation in Syria's Aleppo on Wednesday hours after 45 civilians died after attempting to flee rebel-held areas in eastern Aleppo under shelling.
Some 27,000 people have been displaced by the Syrian government advance on eastern Aleppo, a monitoring group said on Tuesday, as local rescuers reported that 25 people were killed in an airstrike while seeking safety.
Syrian government forces Sunday made major advances in the divided city of Aleppo, threatening to drive a wedge through the rebel-held eastern sector, according to state media, a monitoring group and official sources.
Syrian rebels have given guarantees for a humanitarian ceasefire in besieged eastern Aleppo while similar promises from the Syrian government and its ally Russia are still outstanding, senior UN envoy Jan Egeland said Thursday in Geneva.
Russia is willing to hold more temporary ceasefires in Syria's northern city of Aleppo provided that the United Nations guarantees the participation of rebels, Russia's Defence Ministry said Wednesday.
Twelve children were among 20 civilians killed Sunday in an exchange of attacks by Syrian regime and rebels in Aleppo, a monitor said, as the government ruled out any let-up in its campaign to take full control of the divided city.
There is no major medical facility left operating in eastern Aleppo after a key hospital in the besieged Syrian opposition enclave was knocked out of service in an attack, according to an aid group Saturday.
At least 12 civilians, including four children, were killed on Wednesday in intense airstrikes by the Syrian regime and allied Russians on opposition areas in Syria's divided city of Aleppo, a monitoring group reported.
Syrian government forces have recaptured all the areas of western Aleppo taken by rebels in a major offensive aimed at breaking the siege of the opposition-held east of the city, a monitoring group said on Saturday.
Russia does not expect a Syrian political process on ending the conflict anytime in the foreseeable future because it is impossible to negotiate with certain "moderate opposition" forces, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday.
An international rights group on Monday criticized Syrian opposition rebels for carrying out heavy shelling on regime-held areas in western Aleppo during an offensive to lift the siege on the eastern part of the city.
Syrian rebels on Sunday intensified an offensive they started this week against government forces in Aleppo with the aim of breaking the regime siege on an opposition enclave in the divided northern city, a monitoring group said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday turned down a request by the military to resume airstrikes on the Syrian city of Aleppo, as opposition rebels launched a major attack on regime-held areas in the divided city.
Syrian opposition rebels Friday started a widescale attack on regime forces in Aleppo aimed at breaking the government siege on their enclave of the contested city, both a monitoring group and the opposition said.
Some 14 people were killed in what appeared to be Russian airstrikes in northern Syria on Monday, a monitoring group said, while a Russian minister said that Moscow was not currently considering a new ceasefire in the northern city of Aleppo.
Aid workers said they lack the necessary "security guarantees" to evacuate the wounded from rebel-held eastern Aleppo in northern Syria, as the Russian "humanitarian pause" in the besieged areas moved into its second day on Friday.
The UN Human Rights Council decided Friday to launch an investigation into war crimes against civilians in Aleppo, putting pressure on the Syrian government and its ally, Russia, which have been bombarding the Syrian city.
Russia's "humanitarian pause" went into effect on Thursday in Aleppo, but clashes were reported along the dividing line between areas controlled by the rebels and the government, and civilians were unable to leave besieged areas.
The Syrian regime and its Russian allies on Wednesday suspended airstrikes on rebel areas in the divided city of Aleppo for the second successive day, ahead of a humanitarian pause announced by Moscow for later this week, activists said.
Moscow has said it will carry out an eight-hour ceasefire to Russian and Syrian government air raids in and around Aleppo, in which at least 35 people were killed on Monday, according to a monitoring group.
At least 35 people were killed Monday in airstrikes in and around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, thought to have been carried out by the government or its Russian ally, a monitoring group and medical officials said.