UN Suspends Aid Convoys to Syria After Airstrikes

UN Slams Airstrikes as War Crime

by Jason Ditz, September 20, 2016

The United Nations has announced it is suspending all humanitarian aid convoys into Syria, after one of the convoys suffered an attack near Aleppo yesterday, a strike which destroyed a number of trucks and killed at least 14 aid workers.

The UN said they can’t confirm that the incident was an airstrike, though that appears likely to be the case. Both Syria and Russia, however, have denied conducting such a strike in the area or deliberately targeting the convoy, which has led to some speculation it was a rocket artillery attack.

UN officials warned that attack would likely amount to a war crime, and condemned whoever carried it out as “cowards.” The strikes came not long after the Syrian government withdrew from the ceasefire, and were to deliver supplies to the Nusra Front-held half of Aleppo.

The aid included wheat flour, medical supplies, and clothing. The spokesman for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said that a hospital was also destroyed in the strike, which was where the medicine was being delivered.

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