Regime air strikes resume on east Aleppo after 'pause'
ALEPPO - Syria's government resumed air strikes on remaining rebel-held territory in east Aleppo on Friday, a day after regime ally Moscow announced a "pause" in the assault, a monitor said.
On Thursday evening, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Syria's army was halting its three-week operation to recapture east Aleppo in order to allow the evacuation of civilians.
In the hours after the announcement, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and an AFP correspondent in east Aleppo said air strikes had halted, through heavy artillery fire continued.
But on Friday afternoon, the Britain-based Observatory, a monitor of the war, said the government's air raids had resumed, targeting several of the few neighbourhoods in the east still held by the rebels.
There were no immediate details of casualties in the strikes.
Syria's government has retaken at least 85 percent of east Aleppo, which fell to rebels in 2012, since beginning its operation on November 15.
Russia began a military intervention to bolster President Bashar al-Assad's government against rebels in 2015, but says it is not participating in the operation to retake Aleppo.