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Sep 22, 2016

INHUMAN WAR * Syria: Trucks aid convoy, hit by air strikes

* Aleppo - Human Rights monitoring group said attacks were carried out by Syrian or Russian aircraft


--- Syria's fragile ceasefire appears to have been shattered after an aid convoy was hit by air strikes that killed at least 12 people, mostly truck drivers and Red Crescent workers. It is not clear who was behind the attack. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said the attacks were carried out by either Syrian or Russian aircraft, adding that there had been 35 strikes in and around Aleppo since the truce ended... UN officials said the convoy was delivering assistance for 78,000 people in the town of Urm al-Kubra, west of the rebel-held city of Aleppo. 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. A local resident told Reuters by phone that the trucks were hit by about five missile strikes... The UN humanitarian aid agency says it has temporarily suspended all convoys in Syria following the deadly air strike on aid trucks... The convoy, part of an inter-agency dispatch operated by the Syrian Red Crescent, was hit in the rural western Aleppo province. The White Helmets first responder group posted images of a number of vehicles on fire and a video of the attack showed huge balls of fire in a pitch black area, as ambulances arrive on the scene... Aid deliveries to the besieged eastern districts of Aleppo did not reach their destination. The UN accused the government of obstructing the deliveries, while Russian officials said rebels opened fire along the delivery roads...
(Photo by Omar haj Kadour/AFP - Aid is scattered around a truck outside a bombed warehouse) -- Aleppo, Syria - I.B.Times, by David Sim - September 20, 2016

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