>> Night time in Aleppo and no sounds of gunfire. A ceasefire deal taking effect in Syria at 7 PM local time on Monday night. Early reports suggest there was calm in the first hours of the truce, but there was some fighting later in the night. All those involved in the conflict too battered by past failures to be hugely optimistic.
People in government held parts of Aleppo blaming rebels for the collapse of previous ceasefires.>> We support the truce, but every time we have one, the militants do not commit to it. They attack us and do not commit to the agreements of the truce.>> The latest deal was brokered by the US and Russia.
If it holds for a week, they will start working together to target Islamic State and other banned groups. US Secretary of State John Kerry playing it cautious for now.>> I will say that there was a report that just crossed my desk from Reuters that the Syrian observatory for human rights said that the major conflict zones in Syria were calm after the ceasefire took effect at 7 PM on Monday, the director said, giving an early assessment, I repeat early assessment.
>> Rebels welcome the deal's provision for humanitarian access, some aid convoys already roaring in. But they fear it will benefits Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A freeze in the fighting locks in his recent gains on the battle field. Even so, the rebels have promised to honor the deal. Syria's fragile peace hopes may rest on the government doing likewise.