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Syrian Government Refuses UN Truce Terms for Aleppo

At least eight children were killed in Aleppo Sunday when rockets struck a school in the contested city

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    This photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Civil Defense workers and Syrian citizens carry a dead body in the neighborhood of Seif al-Dawleh in Aleppo, Syria, Nov. 19, 2016.

    The Syrian government on Sunday refused a U.N. proposal to grant the eastern districts of Aleppo autonomy as part of an approach to restore calm to the war-torn city.

    Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said the state's institutions "must be restored" to the city once militants have been expelled from the opposition-controlled eastern districts.

    Speaking following a meeting with the U.N.'s Special Envoy Staffan De Mistura, al-Muallem gave no indication his government would ease its assault on Aleppo's eastern districts in a campaign that, as of Saturday, has left all hospitals serving the enclave out of service.

    Al-Moallem added that Syria doesn't accept leaving some 275,000 people in east Aleppo as "hostages to 6,000 gunmen."

    "We agreed on the need that terrorists should get out of east Aleppo to end the suffering of the civilians in the city," he said.

    De Mistura did not make any remarks following the meeting.

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    At least eight children were killed in Aleppo Sunday when rockets struck a school in the contested city's government-run quarters, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reported.

    Syrian state news reported a teacher was also killed in the barrage that struck the al-Furqan school near the Sabeel neighborhood in Aleppo.

    The Observatory said at least 37 civilians have been killed since mid-day Saturday by the government's artillery and aerial blitz on the besieged eastern enclave, where 275,000 people have been trapped with dwindling food supplies since July, according to U.N. estimates.

    De Mistura warned in an interview with the U.K. newspaper The Guardian earlier this week that the government was chasing a "pyrrhic victory" in Aleppo if the government does not arrive at a political settlement with the opposition

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    He warned the military's unrestrained approach would drive more moderate rebels into the ranks of the Islamic State group.