A Syrian activist said humanitarian aid is expected to arrive in rebel-held parts of Aleppo later Friday, after Russian troops deployed along a key road leading to the besieged city, according to a media report.
Rami Abdurrahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights — a monitoring group based in the United Kingdom — said Syrian government forces that were stationed on the Castello Road have been replaced by Russian troops, the Associated Press reported.
However the powerful Nour el-Din el-Zinki opposition group said that government forces were still on the road, the news agency said. Castello Road, nicknamed "Death Road” is said to be the only way into rebel-held neighborhoods in eastern Aleppo.
Kerem Kınık, the president of Turkish Red Crescent, said the organization had no confirmation that the road was safe for its convoy and that its trucks were waiting at the border.
On Thursday Steffan de Mistura, the U.N. Special Envoy for Syria, said aid groups were facing problems delivering aid, particularly in Aleppo and blamed a lack of authorization from the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
A U.S.-Russia brokered cease-fire deal that came into effect Monday has largely reduced the violence in more than the five-year-old conflict, he said.