October 28, 2016 / 2:56 PM / 3 years ago

Russian military asks Putin for consent to resume Aleppo air strikes: Ifax

Rebel fighters ride a military vehicle near rising smoke from al-Bab city, northern Aleppo province, Syria October 26, 2016. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Defence Ministry said on Friday its General Staff had asked President Vladimir Putin for permission to resume air strikes against militants in Syria’s eastern Aleppo after a 10-day hiatus, the Interfax news agency reported.

The ministry cited an upsurge in militant activity and continuing civilian deaths to justify its request. There was no word on whether Putin was likely to grant it.

Reporting by Polina Devitt; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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