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Aid lorries bound for Aleppo stuck in no-man's land

Eastern Aleppo is held by anti-government forces. Credit: Reuters

Around 40 lorries carrying aid for the Aleppo are stuck in no-man's land in Syria, waiting for permission to travel onward as disagreements between warring sides delay their efforts on the third day of the ceasefire.

The two convoys are carrying mainly food and are currently 25 miles from Aleppo.

David Swanson, a spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) added that another 20 trucks were waiting at the border between Syria and Turkey, "ready to go".

He added that disagreements between the warring sides were blocking aid getting into opposition-held eastern Aleppo.

The Syrian government has said it will reject any aid deliveries to Aleppo which are not coordinated through itself and the UN, particularly from Turkey, which has backed the rebels fighting President Bashar Assad.

Aleppo was the biggest city in Syria before the civil war broke out in 2011. It is now divided with its rebel-held area besieged by government forces.

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