Syrian men drive a motorbike past damaged buildings in the rebel-held Bustan al-Qasr district in eastern Aleppo, Wednesday, May 4, 2016.
(AFP / KARAM AL-MASRI)
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Displaced families returned home and schools reopened in rebel-held districts of Syria's Aleppo on Saturday after a truce was extended for 72 hours in the battleground northern city.More than 300 civilians were killed in two weeks of fighting in the divided city before the truce took hold on Thursday, with regime air strikes on its opposition-held east and rebel shelling on its regime-controlled west.Violence in the city last month severely threatened a nationwide ceasefire between President Bashar al-Assad's regime and non-jihadist rebels.The United States -- which has been working with Moscow to pressure the regime to stop the violence and revive the February 27 cessation of hostilities -- also confirmed the extension. IS fighters meanwhile clashed with regime forces near the divided eastern city of Deir Ezzor on Friday, the Observatory said.Regime aircraft have previously targeted rebels other than Al-Nusra and IS, which are not covered by the February 27 ceasefire.
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