Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations falsely claimed Tuesday during a Security Council meeting that a photograph he held up showed Syrian government forces helping a woman in Aleppo in an effort to rebut criticism that the regime is attacking civilians in eastern Aleppo.
A ceasefire in Aleppo, Syria between rebels and the Syrian government fell apart on Wednesday as bombing resumed after only a few short hours of quiet in the besieged city.
Syrian rebels have reached a ceasefire agreement with Russia to evacuate civilians and opposition fighters remaining in eastern Aleppo amid reports that pro-Bashar al Assad forces had massacred dozens of civilians in the besieged city, the Associated Press reported.
The United States will send 200 additional ground troops to Syria to assist Kurdish forces mobilizing for an offensive to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Saturday.
More than a quarter-million Syrians trapped in eastern Aleppo are at risk of dying over the next 20 days due to relentless aerial bombings by the Assad regime and Russian allies that have left the city with a dwindling food supply and sparse access to medical care.