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This Syrian City Has A Short Window Of Time For Humanitarian Aid

Russia and Syria agreed to stop bombing the war-torn city for eight hours on Thursday.

By Ryan Biek | October 18, 2016

Russia and Syria agreed to stop bombing Aleppo for eight hours on Thursday so humanitarian aid could reach the city.

Civilians were getting relief in September before a U.N. convoy was attacked, killing 20 people. The attack was blamed on Russia, which denied any wrongdoing, and aid was suspended.

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Then, Russia and Syria resumed bombing rebel-held areas supported by Western nations.

Airstrikes have killed hundreds of people in the past month, including many children.

Thursday's brief cease-fire may be a small victory for the U.S. and European Union, which have demanded Russia and Syria stop bombing Aleppo. But it's well-short of the total cease-fire the West has been pushing for.

A United Nations official said Monday, "If we cannot find a solution [by December], Aleppo will not be there anymore."

Eight hours might not be enough time. The U.N. said aid convoys require 12 hours to reach those in need.

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