The UN mediator on Syria says that the government appears willing to suspend bombardment of Aleppo, to allow a local ceasefire to be tested. Yiming Woo reports.
The UN's mediator on Syria, Staffan de Mistura, says the government has expressed willingness to test out a ceasefire in Aleppo. He says it'll look to suspend air strikes and shelling there. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED NATIONS MEDIATOR ON SYRIA STAFFAN DE MISTURA SAYING: "Let's face it. I have no illusions because based on past experiences this will be a difficult issue to be achieved. But we will engage also very much the opposition, hopefully to see them, to respond to a similar request from the U.N. to halt mortar and rockets on all over the city of Aleppo for six weeks." Video obtained from a social media website, which can't be independently verified by Reuters, is said to show insurgents fighting forces allied with the administration of President Bashar al-Assad. Aleppo is at the forefront of fighting between pro-government forces and a range of insurgents, including Islamist brigades, al Qaeda's hardline Syria wing, Nusra Front, and Western-backed units. A monitoring group said the Syrian army, backed by allied militia, has captured several villages near Aleppo as it tries to encircle the city and cut off insurgent supply lines. The conflict, which enters its fifth year next month, has killed more than 200,000 people.