Russia urges Syrian rebels to separate from 'terrorists'

The United States and Russian Federation agreed that the Syrian cessation of hostilities that began on Monday had largely held and should be extended for another 48 hours despite sporadic violence, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.

Toner acknowledged the situation hasn't been flawless. "And we hope to get that done today", he said.

The ceasefire truce sponsored by the US and Russian Federation aims to ultimately spur negotiations between regime officials and opposition forces to strike a political solution to the civil war, which is now in its sixth year.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Wednesday said no fatalities have occurred in Homs, Latakia, Hama, the Damascus suburbs, Idlib and the rest of the Syrian areas included in the deal that began Monday.

"I commend Secretary of State Kerry for getting us the agreement which if it's implemented will. ease the suffering of the Syrian people which is important to all of us, very important to the president", Carter said.

But for hundreds of thousands of besieged Syrians, the wait for humanitarian relief may last somewhat longer.

Meanwhile, 20 lorries loaded with a month's worth of food for 40,000 people in Aleppo were left waiting at the Turkish border, still unable to enter Syria. "We note that recently the cessation of hostilities was observed in full".

On Monday, Russia asked the United States and its air coalition to begin bombing Fateh al-Sham positions, on the grounds that they are terrorists.

Regardless, the United Nations has the first aid convoys ready to roll.

But he added that aid has not yet been delivered because the Syrian government hadn't sent a letter of authorization to the United Nations, although he said he hoped aid conveys waiting on the Turkish-Syrian border would be able to commence deliveries some time later on Wednesday to the 250,000 civilians estimated to be in rebel-held areas in eastern Aleppo.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the United States and Russian Federation to push all warring sides in Syria to allow safe passage for desperately needed aid to besieged civilians.

Saudi Arabia has welcomed the U.S. and Russian-brokered truce in Syria and urged the Syrian government and its allies to abide by it.

Poznikhir also said Russian Federation had bombed the area north of the historic city of Palmyra, "where IS militants are concentrated", in the first such strikes since the truce came into force.

Nevertheless, the ceasefire appears to have led to a respite in violence in the five-year civil war.

The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, told a news briefing yesterday there had been "a significant drop in violence".

There were still intermittent incidents, including an airstrike overnight on Khan Toman in the countryside south of Aleppo, according to an Aleppo Media Center activist.

Russian Federation said it had recorded 60 rebel violations.

In recent days, images have emerged from Syria showing people taking advantage of the rare calm to celebrate the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha. Medical facilities in rebel-held areas have been frequent targets for government bombings.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday he was in talks with Russian Federation and the United States to turn up the pressure on all sides in Syria to guarantee the security of a UN aid convoy to Aleppo.

The strikes, Poznikhir said, had killed 250 people and up to 15 trucks containing heavy machine guns. Then South Sudan fought a separatist insurgency for years and finally did secede, breaking up Sudan; but that didn't bring peace to South Sudan, where the factions no longer even have Khartoum to mediate between them.

When Russia's intervention began, Assad's forces had faced a summer of losses, due in part to the successful use of advanced anti-tank weapons by opposition forces backed by the United States, which wants Assad to step down. Advocates for the initiative say the worldwide community has run out of good choices in Syria's war, in which more than 400,000 people have died and more than 11 million people have been displaced.

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