Aleppo sustained another day of airstrikes and shelling on Friday. A week of fierce fighting in Syria’s second city has seen more than 200 people killed and many more injured.
In the rebel-held east eleven people were reported dead and there were claims that a medical facility was destroyed – the second within a week.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimates that at least 244 civilians, including 43 children and 27 women, were killed since violence between regime forces and rebel groups flared on April 22.
In a strike on Wednesday blamed on regime forces, Medecins Sans Frontieres said 50 people including six medical staff died in an attack on the al-Quds hospital in Aleppo.
Away from the fighting the White House said on Friday that the US and Russia are working to reinvigorate the ceasefire agreement for Syria that has consistently broken down due to repeated violations.
While the Syrian regime on Friday announced temporary truces in Damascus and the coastal city of Latakia, a support base for President Bashar al-Assad, Aleppo has been excluded from any cessation of hostilities.
The war in Syria, now in its sixth year, has killed 400,000 people, according to the UN envoy Staffan de Mistura. He said on Thursday that the ceasefire deal was “barely alive”. He has yet to name a date for the resumption of the Geneva talks.
The Syrian opposition coalition said massacres committed by the Assad regime and Russia in Aleppo represented a “coup de grace” for the truce.
Meanwhile, activists are calling on social media users to turn their profile pictures red to shed light on the violence in the war-torn country.