Pentagon: No coordination with Russian Federation until ceasefire terms met

Elsewhere in the same province, an airstrike Thursday on the IS-held town of Mayadeen killed at least four people and wounded dozens, said opposition activists and Deir el-Zour 24, an activist collective. Moscow wants the U.N. Security Council to endorse the agreement when it meets next Wednesday, according to Ambassador Vitaly Churkin.

The convoys have been waiting and sleeping at the border now for 48 hours so they could go on a minute's notice, he underscored.

Twenty trucks loaded with desperately needed aid for eastern Aleppo have crossed into a buffer zone between Turkey and Syria, a high-level United Nations official said Thursday. The U.S. has said the rebels will soon need to separate themselves from the extremists.

The government of President Bashar Assad is holding up deliveries of aid in violation of the deal struck last week by Russian Federation and the United States, the UN mediator for Syria said Thursday. Aleppo, however, is just one of many areas cut off from aid and other assistance.

Eid holiday Mr de Mistura said some people had used the argument that offices were closed during this week's Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, and the Syrian government had been "a little bit slow" during Eid, but he would not accept that as a valid reason.

While a ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russian Federation last week after marathon discussions appears to be respected by factions at war since 2011, the diplomat said the Syrian government permits allowing humanitarian convoys to reach priority locations including east Aleppo had yet to be received.

Russian Federation has accused the U.S. of failing to uphold its end of the Syria ceasefire agreement, while criticising officials in Washington for voicing scepticism over cooperation with Moscow.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government forces were still on Castello Road and no demilitarization had taken place as anticipated based on the truce deal. United Nations officials and others worry about potential attacks from militant factions that are outside the ceasefire pact.

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US State Department spokesman Mark Toner on Wednesday acknowledged problems but said, "We've seen violations by both sides".

At a recent press briefing, Toner said that both regime forces and armed opposition groups had violated the cease-fire, calling on Moscow to use its influence with regime leader Bashar al-Assad to ensure the access of humanitarian aid to besieged parts of the country.

A 48-hour cease-fire - supported by both Russian Federation and the United States - between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime and a consolidated group of Syrian rebels began on Monday. Demilitarisation of Castello Road is key to allowing further humanitarian access, United States officials have said.

Hundreds of trucks were ready to be loaded, he said, and an opportunity to deliver aid and help solidify the ceasefire was being wasted.

"We can get the permits today and they can come tomorrow morning, and it's only the time it takes to load the trucks", Egeland told reporters.

"Our appeal is the following", Egeland said.

The U.S. and Russian Federation have refused to release the details of the agreement, but information obtained by the Associated Press revealed Syria must "allow rapid, safe, unhindered and sustained humanitarian access to all people in need". "At the same time, the "moderate opposition" led by the United States is increasing the amount of attacks on residential districts", Konashenkov said according to Sky News.

The Russia-US deal calls for the truce to be renewed every 48 hours, and for Washington and Moscow to begin unprecedented joint targeting of jihadists like ISIS and former al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front if it lasts a week.

  • Douglas Reid