ALEPPO (Reuters) — Syrian government forces and their allies fought insurgents near Aleppo on Monday, May 9, and jets conducted raids around a nearby town seized by Islamist rebels, a monitoring group said, as Syria’s military said a ceasefire in Aleppo was scheduled to be extended by 48 hours starting on Tuesday.
A recent surge in bloodshed in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city before the war, wrecked the 10-week-old, partial truce sponsored by Washington and Moscow that had allowed UN-brokered peace talks to convene in Geneva.
The United States and Russia, which support rival sides in the civil war, said they would work to revive the February “cessation of hostilities” agreement that reduced fighting in parts of the country for several weeks.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said all parties had to press the sides they back to turn “words on a piece of paper” into actions to reinstate the truce.
Syria’s military high command was quoted by state news agency SANA as saying the Aleppo ceasefire would be extended by 48 hours in the northern city beginning at 1 a.m. local time on Tuesday (6 p.m. ET on Monday).
A number of short-term local truces have been in place since April 29, first around Damascus and northern Latakia and then in Aleppo, but there has still been fighting between rebels and government forces.