No sign of Syria cease-fire or humanitarian aid in Aleppo

ALEPPO, Syria (NBC News/Bill Neely) — After 80 booms there seemed little point in keeping a tally.

Whatever their origin, the explosions that reverberate across the Syrian city of Aleppo have made their point.

There is no real cease-fire here, no demilitarization and little hope of humanitarian aid reaching hundreds of thousands of civilians marooned by this conflict.

In all, NBC News heard more than 100 thuds, bangs and blasts on Sunday and into Monday morning.

Following more shelling on Saturday, this was audible evidence the truce had all but unraveled.

Aleppo has become the focal point of Syria's civil war, a grinding, 5-year struggle responsible for an estimated 470,000 deaths.

The city is split between government and rebel forces. As many as 275,000 people are caught in the middle, trapped without access to food, water, shelter and medicine.

A deal brokered by the U.S. and Russia was supposed to last for seven days and allow humanitarian aid to reach besieged neighborhoods held by the rebels.

But even before the agreement officially expired at midnight local time Sunday (5 p.m. ET), both sides appeared to have breached this shaky moratorium, each accusing the other of being at fault.

The final nail in the coffin may have been an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition that Russia said killed scores of Syrian soldiers on Saturday. Washington said the attack was intended to target ISIS.

On Sunday, the Syrian army showed NBC News damaged areas of government-held Western Aleppo.

We came within three streets of the front line, where occasional blasts and gunfire could be heard echoing not far from our position.

The level of destruction here is astonishing.

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