Shoppers and children return to the streets of Aleppo as a ceasefire between government troops and rebel forces enters its third day. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). Story: Residents of Aleppo said on Wednesday (September 14) that the ongoing ceasefire had reduced violence in the besieged city. The U.S.-Russian agreement came into effect on Monday (September 12) and aims to allow for humanitarian aid deliveries and a resumption of political talks towards ending the five-year-long war. In Aleppo, men, women and children visited the city's markets, relieved at the suspension of hostilities. "The people are relaxed especially because there are no planes. We know because people are out and about. The streets were always empty before. But now people are coming and going, children are playing in the playground and people are generally happy. But the downside is that the markets are empty," rebel fighter Abu Haitham said, referring to the lack of produce being sold in the markets. Despite the current calm in Aleppo, one Syrian opposition politician said on Wednesday he did not have great confidence that the ceasefire would last longer than a previous truce that temporarily curbed the fighting earlier this year. That truce, agreed in February, unraveled over a period of weeks, with each side blaming the other for violations.