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Bombs and diplomacy: Syrian forces push into eastern Aleppo as UN calls for an end to hostilities

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By Euronews
Bombs and diplomacy: Syrian forces push into eastern Aleppo as UN calls for an end to hostilities

<p>The Syrian army is tightening its siege on rebel-held parts of Aleppo. Ground fighting and air strikes intensified as civilians try to flee.</p> <p>Regime forces backed by Russia have recaptured 32 out of 40 neighbourhoods in the east of the city, according to a military source.</p> <p>The operation to retake Aleppo would bring victory closer for President Bashar al-Assad.</p> <p>Meanwhile the push for a political solution to the conflict continues. In New York the UN adopted a non-binding resolution calling for an end to the fighting.</p> <p>Moscow and Washington have discussed a ceasefire to allow civilians to escape and aid to enter Aleppo. The US Secretary of State said a meeting would be held in Geneva on Saturday to move the process forward.</p>