Syria's tattered truce takes a hit

An injured woman at a site hit by air strikes in the rebel-held area of Old Aleppo in Syria on Thursday. More than 200 civilians have been killed in Aleppo over the past week in renewed violence that has shattered a partial truce in Syria's civil war
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An injured woman at a site hit by air strikes in the rebel-held area of Old Aleppo in Syria on Thursday.

More than 200 civilians have been killed in Aleppo over the past week in renewed violence that has shattered a partial truce in Syria's civil war, which has lasted for more than five years.

In what would probably be the death knell for the tattered truce, the Syrian army is poised to launch an offensive to retake the whole of Aleppo and the surrounding province, according to the Al-Watan newspaper.

Syrian warplanes hit a clinic in a rebel-held part of Aleppo yesterday, killing two doctors. The air strike on the clinic came just days after a hospital assisted by international charity Doctors Without Borders was bombed, underlining claims that there is a deliberate pattern of targeting health services by government forces.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 30, 2016, with the headline 'Syria's tattered truce takes a hit'. Print Edition | Subscribe