At least seven children were killed by fresh U.S.-led airstrikes on Syria’s northern city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of Islamic State (IS), state news agency SANA reported on Friday.
“The airstrikes targeted several residential areas in Raqqa overnight, leaving many people wounded and destroying their houses,’’ SANA said.
The U.S.-led coalition has carried out 44 air raids over the past 48 hours, targeting residential areas.
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The Russian Defence Ministry and Syrian opposition have agreed to create a new “de-escalation” zone north of the city of Homs.
The Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson, Igor Konashenkov, said that the ceasefire in the area is set to take affect at 1200 (0900 GMT) on Thursday.
He said: “on July 31, Cairo hosted regular negotiations between representatives of the Russian Defence Ministry and moderate Syrian opposition. Agreements on the functioning of the third de-escalation zone in Syria, north of Homs, were reached at the meeting.”
The spokesman added that 84 settlements with a population of more than 147,000 people were in the zone.
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Australia on Tuesday said it had halted its airstrikes in Syria following a warning from Russia that it would target U.S. coalition aircraft after a fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane.
A spokesman for Australia’s Defence Department said strike operations in Syria have temporarily ceased, but that it will continue airstrikes in Iraq.
Australia is a member of the U.S.-led coalition and has among the highest number of airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.
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President Donald Trump’s administration has accused Russia of trying to shield Syria’s government from blame for a deadly gas attack.
Mr. Trump, who has faced criticism for lacking a broader strategy to deal with the Syria crisis, insisted he has no plans to “go into” the war-torn country.
Senior White House officials, briefing reporters on condition of anonymity, said Mr. Assad’s government carried out the April 4 sarin nerve gas attack on civilians in Syria’s Idlib province.
At least 87 people, including many children were killed in the attack.
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Turkey, Russia, and Iran have reached agreement on forming a three-party mechanism to monitor ceasefire violations in Syria, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Tuesday.
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Turkish artillery shelling and airstrikes killed 12 civilians, including children, and injured 10 more amid stepped up operations to oust Islamic State from the Syrian city of al-Bab, a monitoring group reported on Friday.
It confirmed that there were airstrikes in the area, which is east of Aleppo city.
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