Aleppo truce extended by another 72 hours ; A temporary truce in Syria’s second city, Aleppo, has been extended for another 72 hours as clashes raged further south. International condemnation continues to mount over deadly airstrikes on a displaced persons camp.

Syria’s state news agency, SANA, reported that a “regime of calm” – its preferred euphemism for a limited ceasefire – in the northern city of Aleppo and parts of Latakia province had been extended for 72 hours beginning at 1 a.m. on Saturday (2200 UTC Friday).

Quoting Russia’s Defense Ministry – one of the government’s closest military allies – SANA reported that the decision was made “in order to prevent the situation from worsening” just minutes before the initial 48-hour truce for the city was set to expire.

 

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