Smoke rises after airstrikes on the rebel-held al-Sakhour neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria April 29, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail
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Government aircraft pounded rebel areas of Syria's second city Aleppo, which was left out of a deal to "freeze" fighting from Saturday despite international outrage over renewed violence.Shelling and air raids in Aleppo over the past week have killed more than 230 civilians and pushed a landmark Feb. 27 ceasefire to the verge of collapse. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, a total of four medical facilities were hit in Aleppo Friday on both sides of the front line.Despite the carnage, Aleppo has been excluded from a fresh "freeze" in fighting brokered by the United States and Russia.Syria's armed forces said that it would begin at 1:00 am Saturday (2200 GMT Friday) and last for 24 hours in Damascus and the nearby rebel bastion of Eastern Ghouta, and 72 hours in the coastal Latakia province. Once Syria's economic powerhouse, Aleppo has been ravaged by fighting since 2012 when rebels seized the city's east, confining government forces to the west.
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