The truce went into force at midnight but monitors and rebels reported almost immediate clashes, and violence appeared to escalate later on Friday as warplanes bombed areas in the country’s northwest, sources said.
This new ceasefire is the third nationwide ceasefire agreed in Syria this year. The previous two, negotiated by Washington and Moscow, collapsed within weeks as warring sides accused each other of violations. The current deal does not involve the United States or United Nations.
Plans to evacuate besieged rebel districts of Aleppo were under threat as renewed air strikes and shelling rocked the Syrian city in a bombardment the United Nations said “most likely constitutes war crimes”.
On paper at least, the U.S. and Russia come away from marathon negotiations with components they demanded. But the room for doubt that the complex agreement announced early Saturday will work is enormous, hardened by years of broken promises and cynical gambits by the warring parties and their backers.
During the snap meeting, the two diplomats will hold talks on how to put an end to fighting in the war-torn country and further humanitarian aid for the Syrian people, according to the US State Department.