Negotiators for Syria's main opposition group have announced that they'll be leaving the UN-backed peace talks by Friday. The talks broke down earlier this week over the lack of progress on humanitarian issues and continued ceasefire breaches.
The rebel-held town of Nashabiyah in Syria has received its first humanitarian aid convoy since November 2017. But the UN Syria envoy underlined that an uptick in fighting has made the situation "violent and worrying."
In a last-ditch push for peace in Syria, UN officials are hosting peace talks between the Damascus regime and the opposition. The Vienna talks are scheduled just days ahead of Russia's rival peace summit.
A ceasefire has gone into effect in a rebel-held area near Damascus on the condition aid deliveries are made. The UN has called for Syria to be referred to the ICC for blocking aid and medical care to millions.
The UN's top mediator has urged the Russian president to push Damascus to accept new elections. Staffan de Mistura warned that time is ticking and failure to move forward on peace talks risks the country's future.
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