White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the U.S. ''deeply concerned'' about the situation in Aleppo, Syria, after a truce deal appeared to collapse. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The White House condemned a flare-up in violence in Syria's Aleppo on Wednesday after a Russia-brokered ceasefire in the besieged city appeared to collapse. Plans to evacuate besieged rebel districts of Aleppo were also under threat on Wednesday as renewed air strikes and shelling rocked the city in a bombardment the United Nations said "most likely constitutes war crimes". "We continue to be deeply concerned about the situation in Aleppo. We're seeing the same reports that you are. That innocent people are being slaughtered in the street at the hands of the Assad regime," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters. Insurgents fired shells at the two majority Shi'ite villages, Foua and Kefraya, in Idlib province west of Aleppo, causing some casualties, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. There was no immediate indication when the Aleppo evacuation might take place but a pro-opposition TV station said it could be delayed until Thursday. A ceasefire brokered on Tuesday by Russia, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's most powerful ally, and Turkey was intended to end years of fighting in the city, giving the Syrian leader his biggest victory in more than five years of war.