Russia Says Syrian Cease-fire Violated 45 Times in Past Day

"These are days which should be used in order to transfer aid since there is no fighting taking place".

Despite the problems, De Mistura insisted the Russian-American agreement "is and remains a potential game-changer".

The ceasefire extension "provides us a critical window of opportunity to assist the people in need in east Aleppo", said a spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, David Swanson. Russia's Ministry of Defense took the unusual step of offering up public live video feeds from two cameras on the ground in Aleppo and one from a Russian drone apparently hovering over another part of the city.

"I've urged the Russian government to make sure that they exercise influence on the Syrian government, and also the American side to make sure that Syrian armed groups, they also fully cooperate", Ban Ki-moon, United Nations secretary-general, said on Wednesday.

But one main highway stands in the way of delivering aid to rebel-held eastern Aleppo: Castello Road.

"Not a single permit is in the hands of our people", Egeland added.

He added that while the reduction in violence since Monday had been substantial, expecting a "cessation of hostilities" was perhaps ambitious after a war of five years.

Activists say Syria's cease-fire is still holding despite some violations but aid has not yet reached besieged rebel-held neighborhoods of the northern city of Aleppo. "Of course we are".

De Mistura and Egeland said that delay was caused by lack of guarantees from all sides of safe and secure access for the convoy. These include antibiotics, mental health medication and kits to treat burns or help deliver babies. "No saying: 'We will take out that medicine, and we will take that food'". "The trucks are ready and sealed, and the agreement is that once they move they will not be harassed and they will not be investigated and they will be moving along that road", De Mistura said. Under the agreement, Castello Road would become a demilitarized zone and humanitarian corridor.

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"If there is confusion. then there is also a risk of the moderate opposition being hit", France's foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Thursday.

Mr de Mistura's humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said there had been no reports of civilian killings in the past 24 hours and attacks on schools and hospitals had stopped. "Security is a major concern, and road conditions are poor".

But neither side had started its withdrawal on Thursday morning.

But the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, said Thursday that government forces were still on the road, and there was no official announcement of a withdrawal.

"The Russians are authorized to be striking those targets", says Lt. Col. Rick Francona, a CNN military analyst. "The guys can see its positions in front of them". "At the same time, the "moderate opposition" led by the United States is increasing the amount of attacks on residential districts", Mr Konashenkov said.

Once humanitarian deliveries take place, and if the ceasefire holds, this should set in motion the third major component of the landmark agreement calling for military cooperation between the United States and Russian Federation to target terrorist groups such as Nusra - now known as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham - and ISIS.

Possible friction between Moscow and Washington also cast doubts on the broader attempts to keep the fighting in check.

While the general lines of the agreement have been made public, other parts have yet to be revealed, raising concerns among USA allies such as France, which is part of the coalition attacking Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Gatilov's remarks were reported on Thursday by the Interfax news agency. "That is a fact", he said. IS is not included in the US-Russia brokered truce and t he US-led coalition, Russia and the Syrian government have been carrying out air raids against the extremist group.