Russia has said it will carry on bombing rebel-held eastern Aleppo in Syria, ignoring US demands to stop. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday that the Russian air force would continue its support of the Syrian armed forces.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said earlier the U.S. is “on the verge” of suspending diplomatic talks with Russia over Moscow’s continued bombing of rebels in eastern Aleppo.

Hundreds of thousands had either being dead or displaced since the beginning of the civil war.

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