May admits United Kingdom role in coalition air attack on Syrian troops
Sep 20 2016 by Desiree Burns
Worldwide monitors say the Syrian city of Aleppo has been hit by air strikes for the first time since last Monday's truce.
The UN said it was frustrated that the aid had still not passed into Syria from Turkey, adding that it had not received necessary permissions and safety guarantees from the Syrian government for it to proceed with the deliveries to Aleppo and other hard-to-reach areas.
The United Nations said that only Washington and Moscow could declare it over, as they were the ones who originally forged the deal.
The US-Russian ceasefire deal for Syria is fragile but remains the "only basis" for achieving a political settlement of the conflict, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Monday, reported AFP.
Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday hoped that a cease-fire in Syria brokered by the United States and Russian Federation could still hold, despite a declaration from the Syrian military that the truce is over amid other indications the latest worldwide attempt to quiet the fighting has failed.
Plans to evacuate several hundred rebels from the last opposition-held district of Homs city have also overshadowed the agreement, with rebels saying it would amount to the government declaring the ceasefire over.
Aid deliveries to besieged areas were a key part of the cessation of hostilities deal brokered by the U.S. and Russian Federation seven days ago.
A MoD spokesman said they were "fully co-operating" with the investigation by the US-led coalition into the attack on Saturday near the eastern city of Deir el-Zour.
Turkish military announced Monday that its planes attacked the Islamic State group in northern Syria and hit three targets used by it - a shelter, an ammunition store and the group's military headquarters.
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The stalled convoys include 20 lorries due to supply rebel-held eastern Aleppo where about 275,000 civilians are trapped without access to food or medical supplies.
Syrian state media said there were 32 violations by rebels on Sunday alone.
"While we have seen comments attributed to the Syrian military, our arrangement is with Russian Federation, which is responsible for the Syrian regime's compliance, so we expect Russian Federation to clarify their position".
But like the Syrian army, the rebels spoke of returning to the battlefield.
The spokesman could not confirm if it was an air strike.
Russia's Defence Ministry said on Monday it considers it "senseless" for Syrian government forces to respect a ceasefire unilaterally when it is being attacked by militants who can not be reined in by the United States.
It said rebel groups, which it referred to as "terrorists", had failed to commit to any provisions of the truce deal.
Russia's military has said that it was told by the Syrian army that at least 62 Syrian soldiers were killed in the Deir el-Zour air raid and more than 100 wounded.
The Danish Armed Forces say it is "regrettable if the coalition mistakenly hit" government forces instead of IS militants.
The two sides, which brokered the truce earlier this month, had said that if it holds for seven days, it would be followed by the establishment of a Joint Implementation Center for both countries to coordinate the targeting of Islamic State and al-Qaida-linked militants.