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Syrian Observatory: 25 killed in Aleppo attacks on Saturday

The Syrian military announced the major new offensive against the area on Thursday night.

Syrian civilians from the town of Daraya are evacuated from the rebel-held town of Moadamiyet al-Sham on 8 September, 2016 to be taken to a shelter in the government-controlled town of Harjala. Picture: AFP.

BEIRUT - A Syrian government offensive on rebel-held areas of eastern Aleppo killed at least 25 people on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

The Syrian military announced the major new offensive against the area on Thursday night, since when dozens of people have been killed in fierce bombardments.

At the same time, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a revival of a ceasefire in Syria depends on all sides involved and not only on "Russia's unilateral concessions".

"One can only speak about the ceasefire revival only on the collective basis," he said in an interview for the TV news show 'Vesti on Saturday'.

Russia and the United States on 9 September agreed to a deal aimed at putting Syria's peace process back on track. It included a nationwide truce, improved humanitarian aid access and the possibility of joint military operations against Islamic State and al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, formerly known as the Nusra Front.

The truce effectively collapsed after a week when an aid convoy was attacked on Monday, killing some 20 people.

Lavrov called for an investigation of the incident, repeating that Russian or Syrian air forces were not involved in the attack.

He also reiterated his calls for the separation of opposition forces from the Nusra Front, adding that Russia had recently observed that opposition fighters had merged with the Nusra Front.