Switzerland: UN notes 'significant drop in Syria violence' following ceasefire - de Mistura

United Nations Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, stated at a press conference in Geneva, Tuesday, that there is a "significant drop in violence" in Syria following the start of the ceasefire on Monday.
"Today calm appears to have prevailed across Hama, Latakia, Aleppo City and rural Aleppo and Idlib with only some allegations of sporadic and geographically isolated incidents," he said, before adding that "sources on the ground, which do matter, including inside Aleppo City, said that the situation has dramatically improved with no airstrikes."
De Mistura continued, "Damascus and central Syria were also calm with some reports limited to some clashes around Harasta between government and armed oppositions."
Moreover, the UN envoy stressed that a UN humanitarian convoy is ready to leave and the UN should be granted access to Eastern Aleppo "very, very soon."
The 48-hour ceasefire which is the first step in part of what could be a weeklong truce throughout Syria was negotiated by the US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. It has been given the consent of the Syrian government and anti-government militias fighting in the country. However, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as Jahbat al-Nusra before their break with al-Qaeda, and the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) are not included in the ceasefire.
One of the focuses of the truce has been to improve humanitarian corridors so as to send aid those most heavily affected by the fighting, particularly in Aleppo.

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