Mortar fire in Aleppo as 'humanitarian pause' begins

The sound of gunshots and mortar fire echoed across the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo this morning, as a "pause" in warfare was due to begin to allow humanitarian aid to enter.

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ITV News correspondent Dan Rivers and news editor Jonathan Wald are in a hotel in the city.

Dan shared an image on Twitter showing one of their windows shattered either by a bullet or a piece of shrapnel from the ongoing fighting.

"@jonathanwalditn crouches near his shattered window - hit by either shrapnel or bullet. Shooting is getting too close for comfort," he wrote.

Jonathan Wald's hotel window in Aleppo was shattered Credit: ITV News

The Syrian military has insisted the unilateral ceasefire has come into force as planned, with exit corridors opened in two designated areas in the Bustan al Qasr quarter and near the Castello road in northern Aleppo.

Rebels have accused the military of organising the pause in fighting as part of a "psychological campaign" to get them to surrender.