Russia's planned halt to Aleppo siege 'too little too late'

Russia and Syria plan to temporarily halt their assault on Aleppo Credit: ITV News

The US has criticised a Russian plan for a temporary halt to the bombing of Aleppo as "too little too late".

Moscow announced earlier that, alongside the Syrian government, it would suspend attacks on Aleppo for eight hours on Thursday, giving a window for civilians and rebels to flee the city.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner, asked about the plan at a daily briefing, said that it if led to "an eight-hour pause in the unremitting suffering of the people of Aleppo, that would be a good thing, but frankly it's a bit too little, too late".