Bombs rain down as Syria declares truce over

According to Russia's military, at least 62 Syrian troops were killed in the air raid with more than 100 wounded.

Konashenkov says Moscow still has not been able to contact the US -backed opposition to coordinate cease-fire efforts despite Washington's assurances.

The soldiers were fighting Islamic State militants around a military airport in the country's east when they were attacked by US-led coalition aircraft which apparently mistook them for militants.

The US military said it may have unintentionally struck Syrian troops while carrying out a raid against ISIL in Deir Az Zor on Saturday.

While the US said the strike was an accident, Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said it was evidence that the USA was ready to back even Islamic State to further its goal of regime change in Syria.

Moscow appeared to bury hopes that the truce would last, however. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 29 children and teenagers were among those killed, as well as 17 women.

In an emergency Security Council meeting on Saturday, the United States and Russian Federation clashed words regarding the incident, with USA ambassador to the UN Samantha Power claiming the meeting to be a stunt by Russian Federation that was "uniquely cynical and hypocritical".

The Observatory said at least 90 soldiers were killed in the strike on a strategic hill near Deir Ezzor.

Damaged Red Cross and Red Crescent medical supplies lie inside a warehouse after an airstrike on the rebel held Urm al-Kubra town, western Aleppo city, Syria September 20, 2016.

The United States claims that it ended to the attack immediately after Russian Federation alerted coalition officials that they were hitting Syrian troops, 55 minutes into an operation set to take 67 minutes.

De Mistura also said he was "profoundly outraged" by Monday's attack on an aid convoy, describing it as a "game changer" in forcing a serious discussion on how to stop the violence.

"As an immediate security measure, other convoy movements in Syria have been suspended for the time being pending further assessment of the security sitaution", he told a briefing, adding that the United Nations had recently received permission from the Syrian regime to deliver aid to all besieged areas in the country.

Human rights organizations reported that aircrafts attacked areas near Aleppo known to be Syrian Rebel strongholds but could not identify whether these were Russian aircrafts or rather aircrafts belonging to the Syrian Army. Those seven days of calm and aid deliveries were required before the US and Russian Federation could embark on a plan to cooperate in targeting the Islamic State group and al-Qaida affiliates working in Syria.

Residents of eastern Aleppo have been waiting desperately for promised aid deliveries into their neighbourhoods.

Russia's foreign ministry denounced the US position on the incident as "unconstructive and inarticulate".

Despite numerous violations by the government and Syrian rebels, the US has few other options for ending the five-year-old conflict that has killed a half-million people, contributed to Europe's worst refugee crisis since World War II and allowed the Islamic State group to emerge as a global threat.

Malcolm Turnbull says Australia regrets the loss of life and injuries to Syrian soldiers as the result of a bombing raid on what were believed to be Islamic State targets.

Iran has strongly condemned a US air raid that struck Syrian troops at an eastern base surrounded by the Islamic State group.

"The current situation leaves much to be desired", Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said, blasting the US-led strike on Syria's army which he said "is still the only party respecting the ceasefire".

Syria's ceasefire was on the brink of collapsing Sunday, after a US-led coalition strike killed dozens of regime soldiers and Aleppo city was hit by its first air raids in almost a week.

The opposition blamed government warplanes.

"With the rebels failing to fulfill conditions the cease-fire agreement, we consider its unilateral observance by the Syrian government forces meaningless", Rudskoi said.

"We have to hold on to this accord and keep it alive at all costs so we need to get over the events of the last few hours", Ayrault told reporters at a ceremony at the site of the September 11, 2001, attacks in NY.



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