ALEPPO -- In Syria, there is little hope that a broken cease-fire will be revived.
Since late last week, Russian and Syrian warplanes and troops have been hammering Syria’s largest city, Aleppo.
At the start of the week, CBS News watched a student party from a rooftop. When the war reignited, shells fell on rebel-held Aleppo, just after the.
Soon, the warplanes were up too, bombing.
The number of dead and wounded --- which had fallen to almost zero -- rocketed up.
The frontline of this civil war runs right through the center of Aleppo.
Thirteen-year-old Aya lives on the very edge of the government side.
She showed CBS News a big curtain hung up in the middle of the street to protect against snipers.
The snipers -- just a few hundred years away -- are opposition fighters who over the past four years have aimed their weapons at Syrian army positions deep in the neighborhood
Aya said she has lost many friends to the war.
“Some were killed by mortars, or snipers...some just left the country,” she said.
Many of those who didn’t make a run for it are living in the ruins of war -- in desperate need.
The cease-fire was supposed to let humanitarian aid reach them, but the main delivery route into Aleppo has been a battle ground for months.
To let the aid flow, all sides, including the Syrian army were supposed to pull back. And it never did, because the negotiations to secure the road failed.
In a war this savage it’s hard to sort fact from fiction.
It got even harder this week, when a U.S. airstrike hit Syrian soldiers by mistake said the Pentagon.
A few days later, a.
The U.S. said early indications showed the Russians were responsible, something Moscow furiously denied.
But public opinion is this country is shaped by Syrian state media, and the villain on its airwaves is always the United States.
But Syrians also believe that America can make a difference in the outcome of this war, and that the U.S. has a responsibility to use its power and diplomatic muscle to help bring peace.