Russian defence ministry says Syria truce violated 199 times so far

The other was killed by a sniper in the regime-held area of al Masharqa in western Aleppo.

"Can well-fed, grown men please stop putting political bureaucratic and procedural road blocks for fearless humanitarian workers that are willing and able to go to serve women, children, wounded civilians in besieged and cross-fire areas?"

White House spokesman Josh Earnest downplayed the significance of divisions between the State and Defense departments on the wisdom of deepening military cooperation with Russian Federation. He says Assad's government is the chief obstacle to increasing access to aid.

Kerry told Lavrov that unless the aid is delivered, the USA will not move ahead with the formation of a joint facility with Russian Federation to coordinate attacks on terrorist groups and share intelligence.

If a green light was given, a spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said the first 20 trucks would move to Aleppo and if they reached the city safely, the second convoy would then leave.

Earnest says the crux of the agreement has always been the need for Russian Federation to use its influence on Assad.

In its own statement on the call, the Russian Foreign Ministry accused US -backed rebels of violating the ceasefire and of failing to separate themselves from al Nusra as the deal requires.

The truce went into effect on September 12 and has been mostly holding across the war-torn country despite minor violations.

Friday's UN Security Council meeting was cancelled at the request of both the United States and Russian Federation, diplomats said.

Churkin said he had presented two separate draft resolutions endorsing the deal, but said the American side had tried to introduce changes.

If the aid starts flowing and the cease-fire holds, the expectations are that such a climate would pave the way for the restart of Syria peace talks that collapsed earlier this year.

1st major test for fragile Syrian cease-fire
Three more died and 13 were injured in air strikes in rebel-held Idlib province on Friday, the Observatory said. Mikhail Bogdanov said in an interview with RIA Novosti that Assad's future is "purely Syrian business".

Following the increasingly public divide between the U.S State Secretary John Kerry and Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter over the Syria agreement between Russian Federation and the U.S., President Barack Obama gathered top national security aids on Friday including his secretaries of state and defense - with the shaky ceasefire set to dominate a meeting ostensibly about countering DAESH.

State department spokesman Mark Toner said he could not confirm a pull-back by Syrian troops around Castello Road.

He says that under the deal, opposition units were supposed to move away in lockstep but have failed to do so.

The Britain-based war monitoring group also reported clashes between the army and rebels or shelling overnight in the capital's Eastern Ghouta suburbs, in Sanaisil and Jawalik, north of Homs, al-Eis and Ramousah, south of Aleppo and Ibta in Deraa.

Gatilov was quoted as saying that a new round of talks between Syria's opposition and regime could take place at the end of this month.

Staffan de Mistura, the special envoy, noted that aid for eastern Aleppo, which also required permission from the regime, was being blocked by the Syrian government and opposition fighters.

Aid convoys for Syria's war-ravaged city of Aleppo were delayed Friday for the fourth day as the United States and Russian Federation, sponsors of a Syria cease-fire deal, traded accusations over who was to blame.

That casualty toll is according to Deir el-Zour 24, an activist collective.

Warplanes strafed or bombed rebel-held areas in Maarat al-Numan, Saraqeb and Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib, Teir Maalah, north of Homs, and Souha, east of Hama, overnight after other strikes earlier on Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

It wasn't known who carried out the airstrike.

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