- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

GENEVA (AP) - The Latest on the war in Syria and international efforts to resolve the crisis around the embattled city of Aleppo (all times local):

9:30 p.m.

Russia’s Defense Ministry says it is willing to work with the United Nations on setting up humanitarian corridors in Aleppo.

Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying Friday that Russia is “ready for close and constructive cooperation with all international humanitarian organizations and, of course, with the office of the U.N. special envoy on Syria.”

The envoy, Staffan de Mistura, has suggested that Russia leave the job to the United Nations.



Russia on Thursday said its forces and those of the Syrian government would open humanitarian corridors outside Aleppo and offer a way-out for fighters wanting to surrender.

Antonov said Friday that the humanitarian corridors would allow people to enter Aleppo as well as to leave the northern Syrian city.

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5:45 p.m.

The charity Save the Children says a maternity hospital it supports in an opposition-held area in northern Syria has been bombed, with casualties reported.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, also reported that airstrikes hit a hospital and a center for first responders in Kafr Takhareem village in a rural part of Idlib province on Friday. The group, which relies on a network of activists in Syria, says the hospital was no longer operational. It says casualties were reported but it had no immediate figures.

Save the Children says the maternity hospital is the only such facility in the area, with the next facility some 70 kilometers (44 miles) away. The hospital opened in 2014 and has an on-call pediatrician and six incubators for premature babies.

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3 p.m.

Syrian activists say the Islamic State group has captured a village in northern Syria from a U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led fighters and killed 24 civilians there.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday that the militants retook the village of al-Bouweir from the Syrian Democratic Forces on Thursday.

Hamoud Almousa, a founding member of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently activist group, says IS sought retribution from the village for “not defending Islam” when the SDF initially drove out IS earlier this summer.

Almousa says most of the villagers fled before IS retook the extremists retook al-Bouweir but the men who remained were killed.

IS and SDF have been battling for control of the nearby town of Manbij and the surrounding countryside for weeks now.

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1:20 p.m.

The U.N. envoy for Syria is offering a “suggestion” to Russia over its proposal to set up humanitarian corridors around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, advising Moscow leave the job to the United Nations.

Staffan de Mistura spoke to reporters in Geneva on Friday, a day after Russia said its forces and those of the Syrian government would open humanitarian corridors outside Aleppo and offer a way-out for fighters wanting to surrender.

De Mistura says he is awaiting clarification from Russian authorities about that plan. He noted an urgent situation in the northern city, wracked by devastating violence in recent months.

The envoy also warned that “the clock is ticking for the Aleppo population.”

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11:55 a.m.

Syrian activists say U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeting a village in northern Syria held by the Islamic State group killed 28 civilians, including seven children.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says coalition aircraft struck the village of Al-Ghandour on Thursday night.

Observatory’s chief Rami Adurrahman says another 13 people were killed in the strikes but that he couldn’t say if they were IS fighters or civilians.

It was also unclear if the Al-Ghandour strikes involved an airstrike reported on Thursday by the U.S. Central Command, which is responsible for U.S. forces in the Middle East.

CENTCOM said the coalition had conducted airstrikes in the area of the town of Manbij in the past 24 hours and was looking into reports that there were civilian casualties.

Al-Ghandour is near Manbij.

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