Russia-begins-ground-drone-live-webcast-of-aleppo-to-monitor-cease-fire. MOSCOW, Russia’s Ministry of Defense on Thursday said it began a live public webcast from cameras on the ground and on a drone in Aleppo to monitor the cease-fire.
A 48-hour cease-fire — supported by both Russia and the United States — between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and a consolidated group of Syrian rebels began on Monday. On Wednesday, the cease-fire was extended by another 48 hours though there are various reports of violations by both Assad’s regime and rebels.
The cameras on the ground are located in Aleppo’s al-Khalidiyah and Tel-Jobegja districts. Konashenkov said more video monitoring posts will be added later. Syria has been devastated by a complex civil war in which the Islamic State, the Syrian government and multiple Syrian rebel groups fight for control of territory.
The cease-fire, which does not include the Islamic State, will allow humanitarian aid to reach the millions of Syrians that require help due to the half-decade civil war. If the cease-fire holds for a week, the United States and Russia will begin steps to combine military operations to eliminate obstacles to peace — meaning joint operations could begin against militant groups the Islamic State and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as the al-Nusra Front.