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>> Taking long-awaited aid to besieged people in Mount Damia near Damascus on Thursday, the UN sending its first convoy into Syria since the strike on Monday night destroyed 18 trucks of aid and killed about 21 people. Reuters Tom Myles in Geneva says the UN went ahead after talking to all sides on the ground.
>> So the idea is that if everybody knows when to expect the convoy, and if everybody commits not to attack it, then the UN, I think, feels it has enough assurance that the convoy can go in safely. This was what was supposed to happen on Monday, it's still a mystery about why this convoy was attacked.
>> Four more convoys are planned for the coming days to both government and rebel-held areas. Northern Syria may be a taller task though. The convoy was bombed near the divided city of Aleppo, which rebels and rescue workers say was subjected to the fiercest bombardment for months on Wednesday night.
Incendiary bombs striking Aleppo.>>
> If that plan fails, the US election will intervene. Hopes of bringing calm to Syria could languish then for months.
Although the ceasefire declared more than a week ago is in tatters, diplomats say it's the only game in town.>> The UN is hoping that the United States and Russia will lead all these powers that sort of back these process into rerouting the ceasefire. And if that happens, then the UN says it's prepared to restart the peace talks between the Syrian government and the opposition within weeks.
And for the first time, those peace talks will be direct talks between the two parties.>>