The Latest: Syrian TV: Rebels shell Aleppo mosque, kill 15

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Posted: Apr 29, 2016 7:36 AM
The Latest: Syrian TV: Rebels shell Aleppo mosque, kill 15

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria's civil war (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

Syrian state media say rebels have shelled a mosque in a government-held area of the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least 15 people and wounding 30.

State TV says several rockets hit the mosque and its surroundings as worshippers were leaving after Friday prayers. It said the attack struck the Malla Khan mosque in the Bab al-Faraj neighborhood.

The shelling comes after government airstrikes on rebel-held parts of Aleppo were reported shortly after a morning lull had engulfed the contested city, following days of deadly violence that killed scores.


2:10 p.m.

The Syrian army has declared a temporary truce for the capital, Damascus, and its suburbs, and the coastal province of Latakia — but not for the contested northern city of Aleppo.

What impact the unilateral declaration would have was not immediately clear. It's unlikely the opposition would abide by it after days of government airstrikes and bombardments killed dozens in Aleppo.

The announcement was read on Syrian state TV on Friday. The army says the cease-fire will go into effect at 1 a.m. on Saturday.

The military statement says it will last 24 hours in Damascus and its suburbs and three days in Latakia.

Opposition activists say that only over the past week, more than 200 civilians have been killed in Aleppo.


1:20 p.m.

Syrian opposition activists say government warplanes have launched fresh air raids on rebel-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo.

Friday's airstrikes followed a brief lull in the morning, a day after scores people were killed in air raids and shelling in the contested city. Fears of more violence prompted religious leaders in rebel-held neighborhoods to suspend Friday prayers at the city mosques.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said one person was killed while another activist group, the Local Coordination Committees, said three died in the strikes. Several people were also reported wounded.


11:30 a.m.

Syrian opposition activists say the northern city of Aleppo is mostly calm after days of intense shelling and airstrikes that killed dozens.

The carnage has propelled the city — contested since the summer of 2012 when opposition fighters stormed it and took over several neighborhoods — once again as a main battlefield in Syria's devastating civil war.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says there has been no major fighting or violence inside Aleppo since early Friday morning. The Observatory says a week of bombardments and air raids killed 123 people in rebel-held parts of the city and 71 and government-held areas.

An activist based in the city says the bombardment slowed down to a halt after midnight. He spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing for his safety.