(Washington, D.C.) September 16, 2016 – Commenting on reports of limited secure access in to Aleppo for humanitarian aid shipments and aid convoys, Lena Arkawi, spokesperson for the American Relief Coalition for Syria (ARCS) and its thirteen U.S.-based Syrian relief organizations including the Syrian American Medical Society, said:

The cessation of hostilities in Syria that came into effect at sunset on Monday is holding well into its first day, reports suggest.

UK-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had recorded no civilian deaths in the first 15 hours of the truce.

Residents in the embattled northern city of Aleppo reported calm.

UN officials say they are ready to deliver aid to besieged areas but need better guarantees of peace.

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