Syrian truce under pressure as Australia apologises for bombing
September 18, 2016
Image: RAAF planes
The fragile truce in Syria is under pressure as Australia is forced to apologise for its war planes being involved in a US led attack on a Government base that killed dozens. Four air strikes have hit rebel-held parts of the Syrian city of Aleppo, activists say, the first raids there since a ceasefire began last Monday.
Several people were injured, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, but it could not identify who carried out the strikes.
Russia has said the future of the truce is in doubt after a US-led strike killed dozens of Syrian army soldiers.
But France says the Syrian government is behind most of the violations.
An activist in Aleppo told the BBC there had been strikes on the eastern neighbourhoods of Karam al-Jabal and al-Shaar, and the Aleppo Media Centre reported three injuries in an airstrike on al-Sakhour neighbourhood.
The US-led coalition has admitted its planes carried out an attack in eastern Syria that the Russian army says killed at least 62 Syrian troops fighting IS.
The US said its planes had halted the attack in Deir al-Zour when informed of the Syrian presence.
A spokesman for the US administration expressed "regret" for the "unintentional loss of life".
The attack caused a bitter row between the US and Russia at the United Nations Security Council.
US envoy Samantha Power accused Russia of "pulling a stunt" by calling an emergency meeting of the council.
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