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White House informs United States working with Russia to revive Syria ceasefire

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the US was also trying to stop the fighting particularly in Aleppo, which has been the scene of the worst recent violence.

The United States (US) said on Friday it was in discussions with Russia about trying to renew the cessation of hostilities in Syria following the deadly bombing of a hospital in Aleppo on Thursday.

“Our hope is by refreshing this agreement … we can build momentum again towards a broadly observed cessation of hostilities,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told a briefing. Efforts to push for an immediate halt to fighting came amid a surge in fighting between Syrian government forces, backed by Moscow, and opposition groups supported by a US-led coalition.

A senior State Department official said the United States was seeking to halt fighting in Latakia and eastern Ghouta near Damascus as a test case to trying to revive the cessation of hostilities throughout the country, including in Aleppo. “This is all something of a test, obviously, that we want to work, and we are working hard to make sure that it works, so hopefully in the end, it will be open-ended,” the official told a conference call, referring to the planned halt to fighting in Latakia and eastern Ghouta.

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