Russian jets carried out strike on Syria aid convoy, says US
Sep 21 2016 by Desiree Burns
Initial estimates indicate that about 18 of the 31 trucks in the convoy were hit, as well as the Red Crescent warehouse in the area. The attack deprives thousands of civilians of much-needed food and medical assistance. "We see a resumption of violence, an intensification of fighting in many locations", Robert Mardini, ICRC director for the Middle East and North Africa, told Reuters in Geneva.
165-a-07-(U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, addressing U.N. General Assembly)-"depravity sinks lower"-U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says yesterday's airstrike on a humanitarian aid convoy in Syria was "sickening, savage and apparently deliberate".
"Well, the Syrians didn't make the deal", Kerry told reporters in NY.
On Saturday, Russia said that USA jets had killed more than 60 Assad regime soldiers. USA officials, however, told CNN that only a Russian warplane could have struck the convoy. We need to see where we are, and then we'll make a judgment.
"Our deepest sympathy is with the families of those killed in this heartless attack, and our thoughts are with all those who were injured".
On Sunday, Syrian opposition members warned United Nations officials against deliveries to the rebel-held side of Aleppo, reporting the government was violating the cease-fire in and around the city, noting Urem al-Kubra. The attacks reportedly resulted in multiple civilian casualties, including children.
The bombing came just after a weeklong ceasefire agreement, brokered by Russian Federation and the USA, came to an abrupt end. The opposition also had accused the government of violating the cease-fire.
Konashenkov further noted that the fire that tore through the aid convoy came "strangely" at the time that militants "were carrying out a large-scale attack on Aleppo".
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"We carefully studied the video recordings of the so-called activists from the scene and found no signs that any munitions hit the convoy", said Russian military spokesperson Igor Konashenkov, according to Kremlin-owned news agency TASS.
O'Brien said there could be "no explanation or excuse, no reason or rationale for waging war" on humanitarian workers.
If the attack proved to have been intentional, he said, "it would amount to a war crime".
"It's not that humanitarian relief has stopped, it's just that we want to make sure it's safe", Ryan said.
Syria's army has also denied bombing the aid trucks, with a military source telling state media that there was "no truth" to media reports that the Syrian army was responsible. More than 60 Syrian troops were killed and dozens wounded.
The US has reached the preliminary conclusion that Russian warplanes bombed an aid convoy and warehouse belonging to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, two US officials told CNN.
Secretary of State John Kerry initially had suggested that Syrian aircraft were responsible for the strikes on the United Nations convoy, which killed at least 12 people.