>> Another nail in the coffin for Syria's cease fire. Warplanes pounding Aleppo in what rebels said was the heaviest bombardment in months, hours after Syria's Russian-backed army announced the offensive.
is little girl pulled alive from the rubble, dozens killed, and the offices of the Civil Defense Rescue Service hit.
Reuter's, Angus McDowell, in Beirut has been speaking to people there.>> It was, as one rescue worker said, as though the airplanes were determined to make up for the lost time during the truce. It's the last major city that is still partially in rebel hands. Both Assad and Moscow believe that if they can quell the rebellion there, they will ultimately be able to master it in its rural strongholds as well.
>> The cease fire was sunk by two disputed air strikes. On Saturday, US jets killed Syrian troops in what Washington says was a mistake. On Monday, at least 20 people were killed in an attack on an aid convoy, which the US says was conducted by Russian airplanes. Thousands of miles away in New York, diplomats were trying to revive the peace process, but the UN's special envoy to Syria called the talks long, painful, difficult, and disappointing.
>> Now it seems highly unlikely that the ceasefire can be renewed. Both Russia and America have blamed each other for its collapse. There's very little trust to go around. And President Assad, this week, struck a very uncompromising tone in an interview.>> Eight convoys are returning to rural Damascus, but there's little chance, yet, of getting food and medicine anywhere near Aleppo.