- Title: Syrian government and rebel forces clash in Aleppo
- Date: 5th December 2016
- Summary: ALEPPO, SYRIA (DECEMBER 5, 2016) (REUTERS) WIDE SHOT SHOWING BUSTAN AL-QASR, HELD BY REBELS, AND IZAA DISTRICT, HELD BY GOVERNMENT / AUDIO: GUNFIRE CARS DRIVING ALONG ROADS IN IZAA DISTRICT / AUDIO: MORTAR STRIKE SMOKE RISING FROM MORTAR STRIKE ON IZAA DISTRICT CHILDREN RUNNING IN WESTERN PART OF ALEPPO IN A STREET THAT LEADS TO IZAA DISTRICT / SMOKE RISING FROM MORTAR STRIKE PEOPLE RUNNING / CARS DRIVING ALONG ROAD IZAA DISTRICT / AUDIO: GUNFIRE VARIOUS OF SMOKE RISING AFTER MORTAR STRIKE ON ROAD BETWEEN BUSTAN AL-QASR AND IZAA DISTRICT
- Embargoed: 20th December 2016 13:01
- Keywords: Aleppo Syria government rebels district Bustan al-Qasser Izaa
- Location: ALEPPO, SYRIA
- City: ALEPPO, SYRIA
- Country: Syria
- Reuters ID: LVA0015BLYBLZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Fighting intensified in Aleppo on Monday (December 5) as rebels fired mortars into government-held western parts of the city.
Smoke could be seen rising from the area linking Bustan al-Qasr, a rebel-held part of the city, and government-held Izaa district, and people could be seen running during the bombardment.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday he was confident Moscow and Washington can reach a deal in talks this week on the withdrawal of all rebels from the eastern part of Aleppo.
He told a news conference that once the deal was reached, rebels who stay in the besieged eastern part of the city will be treated as terrorists and Russia will support the operation of the Syrian army against them.
Russia and the United States will start talks on the withdrawal in Geneva on the evening of Tuesday (December 6) or the morning on Wednesday (December 7), Lavrov said.
Lavrov said a United Nations resolution on a ceasefire would be counterproductive because a ceasefire would allow rebels to regroup.
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