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Aleppo: UN probes 'gas' attack amid pressure for longer truce

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By Euronews
Aleppo: UN probes 'gas' attack amid pressure for longer truce

<p>The United Nations says it is talking to Russia about getting a longer halt to hostilities, to help the two million people trapped in the divided Syrian city of Aleppo.</p> <p>There has been an escalation in violence and Moscow’s announced a daily, three-hour pause. But the UN wants a weekly 48 hour break, to get aid to those most in need. </p> <p>It comes amid claims that suspected chlorine gas was dropped alongside barrel bombs on a neighbourhood in Aleppo on Wednesday. </p> <p>Four people are said to have died, while many others suffered breathing difficulties. </p> <p>“It’s really not for me to assess who did it and whether it actually took place, although there’s a lot of evidence that it actually did take place,” said Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria.</p> <p>“We have a special UN and other organisation addressing that. But if it did take place, it is a war crime.”</p> <p>The upsurge of intense fighting around Aleppo in recent weeks has killed scores of Syrians, displaced thousands – and cut water and power.</p> <p>Advances by warring sides, which have led to a siege of rebel-held neighbourhoods and the severing of a major route into government areas of control, have choked off supplies.</p> <p>It has also raised fears of the encirclement of the entire civilian population.</p>