United Nations aid convoy hit by warplanes in Syria
Sep 21 2016 by Desiree Burns
He stressed that all parties received notification of the convoy, which was carrying aid for about 78,000 people.
Twelve people involved in the aid delivery were killed, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based organization that monitors the conflict in Syria. However, U.N. trucks with aid were stalled at the Turkish border as days passed.
Russia also said there was no sign of ammunition being used against the convoy in the Syria Civil Defense video, Russian state media Tass reported. "Instead it worked to undermine it with organized violations during the week as well as preventing aid from reaching Aleppo", the group said in a statement sent to reporters.
Although the ceasefire appeared to initially reduce the amount of violence in hard-hit areas like Aleppo, the delivery of humanitarian aid was delayed for security reasons.
"It would be good if they didn't talk first to the press but if they talked to the people who are actually negotiating this", he said.
Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian military's General Staff, says the rebels killed 63 civilians and 153 Syrian soldiers since the truce took effect a week ago.
At the same time the attack took place on Uram al-Kubra, presumed Syrian or Russian jets launched a wave of attacks in and around the nearby city of Aleppo, minutes after Syria's military announced a weeklong cease-fire had expired.
Both the USA and Russian Federation had expressed a desire to extend the fragile cease-fire, which saw guns fall mostly silent despite the issues in getting aid on the move. Both Syrian and Russian aircraft operate over the province, while the US -led coalition targets the Islamic State group in other parts of the country.
The initial hope was that the ceasefire would help bring a much-needed calm to the country's hotspots and that it would create a safe enough environment to deliver humanitarian aid to those in need.
Within one minute of the strike, the US tracked a Russian-made Su-24 directly over the region of the attack, USA officials said.
But from the start, the truce has been beset by difficulties and mutual accusations of violations. The area was essentially cut off in July when the Syrian government launched a siege and encircled the rebel-held area.
Chief US diplomat Kerry will try to speak to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in NY before Tuesday's meeting of the International Syria Support Group but statements from Syrian and Russian military officials on the ground appeared to bury the deal.
In the northwestern province of Idlib Tuesday, activist Nayef Mustafa said planes circled over the town of Salqin, held by Syria's former Al-Qaeda affiliate in alliance with Islamist rebels.
George Sabra of the High Negotiations Committee told The Associated Press on Monday that the truce has been repeatedly violated and did not succeed in opening roads for aid to enter besieged rebel-held areas.
"I stayed with my face on the floor for about an hour because of the intensity of the strikes", said Barakat.
In a statement on Monday, it said "armed terrorist groups" did not commit to any provisions of the brokered agreement which came into force last week. The Russians doggedly support Bashar al Assad, not because they think he's the best President for Syria but because they fear a complete meltdown of the state if he were to be removed. Both Russia and Syria have denied involvement in the strike.
No details were immediately available on the strike, but the second United States administration official said it was clearly an air attack and that US-led coalition jets weren't responsible. The figure does not include dozens of Syrian soldiers and Islamic State militants killed in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour, the Observatory said Monday.
Assad said Monday the airstrikes by the USA -led coalition against his troops were meant to support the Islamic State group, calling the attack a "blatant American aggression".
The US administration officials wouldn't address the question of whether the strike on the United Nations aid convoy might have been in revenge for the deaths of the 62 Syrian soldiers killed Saturday.