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Bombs Strike Syria's Aleppo a Day After Peace Talks End

Residents look out for warplanes while standing at a damaged site after what activists said was an air raid by forces loyal to Syrian President al-Assad, in Aleppo's district of al-Sukari, Feb.1, 2014.
Residents look out for warplanes while standing at a damaged site after what activists said was an air raid by forces loyal to Syrian President al-Assad, in Aleppo's district of al-Sukari, Feb.1, 2014.
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Local sources in Syria and rights groups say Syrian military helicopters have dropped bombs on rebel-held areas in the northern city of Aleppo.

Amateur video posted online purporting to show the bombed area showed people sifting through charred rubble Saturday.

The latest bombing comes as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the Syrian situation "the most urgent security challenge in the world today."

Ban said he spoke with U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi, along with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, to urge them to influence the warring parties to return to peace talks on February 10.

He also called on both sides, and especially the Syrian government, to allow "unfettered access" to people trapped in blockaded areas beyond the reach of aid.

The first round of peace talks between Syria's warring sides ended Friday with little progress, but did lay a foundation for future negotiations expected next month.

There was little advancement on bringing aid to the hardest-hit areas of Syria's civil war, an issue where many thought common ground could be found.

Aid convoys, however, were able to deliver 1,000 food parcels Saturday to the Yarmouk area, on the southern edge of Damascus. Aid agencies also were evacuating people there, in rare coordination between the government and the opposition.

Brahimi said Friday he was "very, very disappointed" the U.N. has not been able to deliver aid to the besieged, rebel-held city of Homs, where many are said to be starving.

Syria's conflict began in March 2011 as peaceful protests against the government, before spiraling into a civil war that the U.N. says has killed more than 100,000 people and forced nearly 9 million from their homes.

Some information for this report comes from AP and Reuters.

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by: mohammad from: Iran
February 01, 2014 11:33 PM
Dictators ,especially thoso who live in the Middle East are only responsive to force language ;so , the solution of Syria problem is clear for many ,but the big powers have not will to solve it .This is another bitter side of this long lasting story .Unfortunately the narration of this story is not follow as strongly as it must .Many powerful countries believe that by ignoring the casaulties of this problem ,their responsibility would be forgotten .Like a bird in the winter who see a hunter and put his head in the snow and think that the hunter would not see him but it is only his idea.


by: BeliveNoLies from: Virginia Beach
February 01, 2014 1:26 PM
More important things for our so-called leaders to worry about. How about cleaning up your own backyard KERRY before trying to clean up someone else', READ THIS! http://www.caintv.com/cameras-roll-at-a-pa-small-bus

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by: Anonymous
February 01, 2014 10:46 PM
Bashar al Assad is the biggest terrorist in Syria. Definition of a terrorist:
Terrorism is the systematic use of violence (terror) as a means of coercion for political purposes.
- Bashar al Assad fits that bill better than anyone on Syria, he should be the first terrorist to go. Afterall he murderd more innocent unarmed Syrian women and children than anyone else in Syria. All guilty of atrocities must face a judicial system with bashar al assad as prime candidate #1.

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