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Syria Cease-Fire On Brink Of Collapse After Weekend Air Strikes


Syria's cease-fire appeared on the brink of collapse on September 19 after a U.S.-led coalition air strike killed at least 62 Syrian government soldiers during the weekend and the city of Aleppo was hit by its first air raids in nearly a week.

Correspondents say the barrage of strikes on rebel-held districts of Aleppo on September 18 risks reigniting battles in the city and could be the most serious threat to the cease-fire so far.

A halt to fighting around Aleppo and the delivery of desperately needed humanitarian aid were key components of the truce deal that took effect on September 12.

The co-sponsors of the truce deal -- Russia and the United States -- have each blamed one another.

Relations were strained further after a U.S.-led raid involving Australian planes killed scores of Syrian soldiers on September 17.

Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne said on September 19 that Australia is taking part in a U.S. review of the September 17 air strikes.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, AFP, dpa, and TASS
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