Airstrikes Around Syria’s Aleppo Kill at Least 32, Destroy Aid Trucks

14 Aid Workers Reportedly Among the Slain

by Jason Ditz, September 19, 2016

With the weeklong Syrian ceasefire collapsing earlier today, airstrikes were reported in and around the northern city of Aleppo, with at least 32 people, apparently all civilians, reported slain according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The biggest single incident was in the town of Urm al-Kabra, just outside of Aleppo, where a Syrian Red Crescent aid convoy headed into the Nusra Front-held half of Aleppo was attacked. 20 of the vehicles were destroyed, and at least 14 aid workers reported killed.

UN officials expressed outrage at the strike, noting it had taken them the entire week-long ceasefire just to get everyone to give them permission to come into Aleppo, and it ended up attacked anyhow. Getting permission from every faction to deliver the aid was a huge complication, with the Syrian government among the first to agree to the shipment, but conditioning it on not involving Turkish officials.

The Syrian military is believed to have carried out the airstrikes, though as of yet this is not confirmed, and the Syrian military has not commented on the attack. The military had cited rebel attacks in and around Aleppo throughout the weekend as part of their decision to withdraw from the ceasefire, however.

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