Russia declares daily cease-fires in Aleppo to allow aid

MOSCOW: The Russian military says fighting in Aleppo will cease for three hours daily to allow humanitarian aid deliveries.

Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian military’s General Staff said Wednesday that the daily cease-fires will be observed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. local time starting Thursday.

Rudskoi says Russia supports the U.N.’s proposal to oversee the aid deliveries, adding that the Russian military is discussing the issue with U.N. experts and the U.S. military.

He told a briefing that humanitarian convoys will be formed near Handarat and will move on the strategic Castello road.

The Syrian army won control of the Castello road last month and cut the main supply link to rebel-held parts of Aleppo as government troops laid siege to the city. Opposition groups breached the siege over the weekend.