A Syrian family runs for cover amid the rubble of destroyed buildings following a reported air strike on the rebel-held neighborhood of Al-Qatarji in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on April 29, 2016. AFP / AMEER ALHALBI
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Syria called local truces near Damascus and in a northern province on Friday but no halt to combat on the main battlefield in Aleppo, after a surge in fighting the United Nations said showed "monstrous disregard" for civilian lives.By excluding the city of Aleppo, scene of the worst recent violence, the narrow truces were unlikely to resurrect a cease-fire and peace talks that have collapsed this week.In the worst recent attack, an air strike destroyed a hospital in a rebel-held area overnight on Wednesday-Thursday. Aleppo, Syria's largest city before the war, has been divided for years between rebel and government zones.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitoring group, said air strikes and government shelling had killed at least 142 civilians including 21 children in rebel areas in the past eight days, while rebel shelling of government areas had killed 84 civilians including 14 children.The Observatory said at least 11 civilians were killed on Friday in rebel areas and 13 in government areas.
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