The Syrian military said on Thursday a unilateral ceasefire backed by Russian Federation had come into force to allow people to leave besieged eastern Aleppo, a move that the rebels have said is part of a psychological campaign to get them to surrender. Waiting buses were shown on state television. Some 250,000 civilians have been trapped by the fighting.
Moscow is backing president Bashar Al-Assad's regime in its war with rebel groups, including with air strikes in the northern city.
Russian Federation has said the rebel groups and civilians should evacuate the besieged area.
Earlier in October, different European politicians, including Germany's special coordinator for Russian Federation policy Gernot Erler brought the idea of introducing restrictions against Russian Federation on the pretext of the worsening humanitarian situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo.
"I don't want to risk my life or my family's by being among the first to leave", said Mohammed Shayah, an unemployed father of four.
Ahmed says Turkish aircraft and tanks targeted areas liberated by Kurdish-led forces from Islamic State militants, effectively aiding the extremist group.
Earlier in the day, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said that units of the Syrian army have pulled back to allow the rebels to leave the eastern part of Aleppo.
"We guarantee a safe exit".
Speaking over the phone in Geneva, Egeland noted that the United Nations had already received assurances a day earlier from Moscow that the daily pauses would be extended from eight hours to 11 hours per day.
Leaflets dropped over rebel-held parts of the Syrian city of Aleppo urged people to take their chance to get out, as a so-called "humanitarian pause" in air strikes formally came into effect on Thursday.
People ventured onto the streets in some neighborhoods to buy essentials before an expected resumption of nightly raids after sunset.
Since Russia intervened in the war a year ago, the government's side has gained the upper hand on numerous fronts, including Aleppo, where the opposition-held sector has been completely encircled for weeks.
"It's going to be the springboard, as a big city, to move to another areas, to liberate other areas from the terrorists", Assad told Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda in an interview this month.
"We came out of the meeting with the impression that there could be an extension of the truce, but it's up to the Syrian regime and Russian Federation to show it", he said.