Activists say airstrike kills 4 in eastern Syria

Earlier Thursday, activists said the cease-fire was still holding despite some violations. "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.

De Mistura said the Russian government, which supports Assad's regime, has voiced disappointment over the inability to get humanitarian aid into Syria.

"We can not let days of this reduction of violence to be wasted by not moving forward" on aid deliveries, de Mistura said.

In Moscow, a spokesman for Russia's Defence Ministry accused the United States of not fulfilling its obligations under the ceasefire agreement. "Moreover, it appears that the "verbal curtain" of Washington is aimed at hiding the non-fulfilment of the USA obligations".

In a statement, he defined the USA role as "first and foremost to separate "moderate opposition" groups from terrorists".

US State Department spokesman Mark Toner Toner acknowledged Wednesday that the situation hadn't been ideal.

"These are days which we should have used for convoys to move. because there is no fighting", he said.

Also of concern was safety along the Castello Road, the only way in and out of eastern Aleppo.

The ceasefire deal negotiated by the USA and Russian Federation stipulated that pro-government forces allow safe access by vacating the contested highway.

The quarreling over the road prompted de Mistura to urge the United States and Russian Federation to influence the respective warring parties.

"They've been waiting and sleeping at the border now for 48 hours".

But there have been a handful of violations on both sides, Toner acknowledged. 'We're pressuring them to pressure the Assad regime'.

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The UN is angry that its aid convoys remain stuck at the Turkish border because permits promised by the Syrian government have not materialised.

The move is necessary before the USA and Russian Federation can start conducting joint air strikes targeting Jabhat Fateh al-Sham and so-called Islamic State (IS).

Military officials said that even once the center is set up, airstrikes won't start happening immediately. "That area is an ISIS stronghold and they're going to have to clear that area out before anybody makes any move on Raqqa, especially from the south". The U.S. officials laid out a number of questions that must be resolved before any targeting could start, including how much control either country may have over strikes taken by the other, how will the review process unfold, do either have a veto over any target, and who would be the final arbiter in any disagreements.

He also noted that rebel-controlled local authorities have yet to guarantee unhindered deliveries of aid.

Syria's military began withdrawing from a major artery to Aleppo late Thursday as the United Nations envoy accused President Bashar Assad's government of obstructing aid access to the contested city.

"We could go today".

He said that "not a single permit is in hand for our people, and if they don't have that they can not load and they can not go".

De Mistura said the Syrian government previously agreed to grant the authorization prior to the signing of the cease-fire deal, but no such facilitation letters have been received.

"I don't think that anyone in the USA government is necessarily taking at face value Russia's or certainly not the Syrian regime's commitment to this arrangement", Toner said.

The largest rebel group in Syria stated unequivocally Sunday it would not cooperate with the ceasefire agreement.

Once the JIC is established, the Syrian government will be barred from conducting air operations in areas where the JIC is active.

However, insurgent groups present in Aleppo said they still had not seen the army withdrawing from the Castello Road, needed to allow aid deliveries into the city, and would not pull back from their own positions near the road until they did.

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