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Syria fighting rages despite fresh efforts to end the war


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Syria fighting rages despite fresh efforts to end the war

Fighting continued to rage in Syria on Friday, as the world analyses the latest deal aimed at stopping five years of war.

The complex twists of diplomacy are far removed from the reality of men, women and children facing the horrors of daily violence.

Video uploaded to social media on Friday was said to show the aftermath of new air strikes
In the suburb of Saqba, east of Damascus.

World powers, led by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, struck a deal in Munich earlier to try to bring an end to hostilities in a week and to provide rapid humanitarian access to a handful of besieged Syrian towns as a first step.

It comes as President Assad vowed to retake the whole of Syria, saying it could take a long time, according to a new interview with the French AFP news agency.

The recent surge of violence has sent a fresh wave of refugees rushing to the border with Turkey which has already taken in more than 2.5 million refugees. That border remains firmly closed.

Trucks from the United Nations World Food Programme are being allowed to go in the opposite direction, into Syria, to deliver vital aid to an ever-growing migrant population.

“We are talking about tens of thousands of people who are moving towards the Turkish border looking for safety because of the conflict in Aleppo,” explained WFP spokeswoman Berna Cetin.

WFP, as part of its regular operations, is sending hundreds of trucks to the Syrian side every month to meet the needs of the displaced people.”

But as the border camps get busier and busier, conditions are deteriorating. For those who have already lost so much, the struggle for survival continues.

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