An eerie calm has come to the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo on the second day of the latest ceasefire, with residents saying they feel grateful for a chance to get outdoors. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The streets of Aleppo were quiet and the skies empty in the besieged Syrian city during the second day of ceasefire on Tuesday (September 13). The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the nationwide ceasefire, brokered by the United States and Russia, was mostly holding across Syria. Some air attacks and shelling were reported in the first hours of the truce on Monday evening, in areas including the north Hama countryside, East Ghouta and north of Aleppo, the monitoring body said. Fighting had raged on several key fronts before the ceasefire, including Aleppo and the southern province of Quneitra on Monday, the first day of the Eid al-Adha Muslim holiday. In Aleppo, residents took the opportunity to venture into the streets, hoping and praying the truce will last. The Observatory said it had not recorded a single civilian death from fighting in the fifteen hours since the ceasefire came into effect at 7 p.m. (1600 GMT) on Monday. The ceasefire is their second attempt this year by to halt Syria's five-year-old civil war. Russia is a major backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while the United States supports some of the rebel groups fighting to topple him. The truce does not cover the jihadist groups Islamic State or Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, a group formerly called the Nusra Front which was al Qaeda's Syria branch until it changed its name in July. On Tuesday, the Observatory said the number of deaths it had documented in Syria since the start of the conflict in 2011 has reached more than 301,000. The Britain-based Observatory said it had documented the deaths of 301,781 civilians and fighters since March 18, 2011, but estimates the total death toll to be around 430,000.