U.N. Suspends All Aid In Syria After Convoy Attacked, Aid Workers, Civilians Killed

BBC News: Syria conflict: U.N. suspends all aid after convoy hit
“The U.N. has suspended all aid convoys in Syria after its lorries were attacked by warplanes near Aleppo on Monday. The convoy had received proper permits, and all warring parties — including Russia and the U.S. — had been notified, a U.N. spokesman said…” (9/20).

New York Times: U.N. Suspends Convoys to Syria After Attack on Aid Trucks
“…The airstrike came after the Syrian military had declared an end to a seven-day partial cease-fire. Officials are seeking to confirm the number of people killed and wounded in the attack on Monday night, and an assessment of the security situation in Syria is underway, Jens Laerke, a spokesman for the United Nations, told reporters in Geneva…” (Cumming-Bruce, 9/20).

Reuters: U.N. suspends aid convoys in Syria after hit, ICRC warns on impact
“The United Nations suspended aid convoys across Syria on Tuesday a day after an air strike hit relief trucks near the city of Aleppo, killing at least one aid worker and around 20 civilians, and destroying a warehouse and hospital. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which said it was postponing an aid convoy that had been set to deliver supplies to four besieged Syrian towns, warned of the consequences for millions of civilians in need…” (Nebehay/Miles, 9/20).

Wall Street Journal: Syria Aid Convoy Hit by Airstrike as Truce Falters
“…It wasn’t clear who launched the attack, though Secretary of State John Kerry said Syrian forces were ‘evidently’ responsible. U.S. officials said Syria and its ally, Russia, both knew where the convoy started and where it was going, and said the Obama administration considers Russia responsible for the Assad regime’s actions…” (Raydan, 9/19).

Washington Post: At least 12 aid workers killed in Syria airstrike
“…The attack, on a day when the Syrian government declared the end of a nationwide cease-fire and launched dozens of airstrikes in and around Aleppo, may spell the final end of the U.S.-Russia agreement. Begun just a week ago, it was intended to pause the fighting, allow aid to reach that city and other besieged areas of the country, and restart political negotiations to resolve the civil war…” (DeYoung/Cunningham, 9/19).

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