The Syrian army’s advance in Aleppo slowed Thursday but a victory was still firmly in sight after President Assad vowed that retaking the city would change the course of the war. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Hundreds of thousands are civilians are reportedly still trapped in the east.
A local politician warned that 150,000 people there faced “extermination”.
The UN says the U.S. and Russia must broker a plan to facilitate the evacuation of civilians.
Secretary of State John Kerry said he was “hopeful” after a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Hamburg.
Now, weekend meetings are scheduled in Paris for backers of Assad’s opponents — few diplomats expect anything concrete to be achieved.