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RT.com, Sept 21, 2016

“We are not in a position to determine whether these were in fact airstrikes. We are in a position to say that the convoy was attacked,” UN humanitarian spokesman Jens Laerke said.

One of the aid trucks attacked near Aleppo, Syria on Sept 19, 2016 (Associated Press)

One of the aid trucks attacked near Aleppo, Syria on Sept 19, 2016 (Associated Press)

Moscow has provided all the data it has on the attack on a humanitarian convoy in Aleppo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a UN Security Council meeting. Lavrov also called for a full and impartial investigation into the incident.

“There was another unacceptable provocation on September 19 – the shelling of a humanitarian convoy near Aleppo,” Lavrov said.

He also noted that at the same time militants had advanced in the 1070 district of Aleppo.

One of the aid trucks attacked near Aleppo, Syria on Sept 19, 2016 (Ammar Abdullah, Reuters)

One of the aid trucks attacked near Aleppo, Syria on Sept 19, 2016 (Ammar Abdullah, Reuters)

“I am confident that such coincidences require serious analysis and an investigation.”

On September 19, a humanitarian convoy consisting of 31 trucks was attacked while heading to Aleppo. According to the Red Cross, 20 civilians and one aid worker died as a result. Initial reports by the organization claimed the convoy had been targeted by an airstrike.

On Tuesday, the UN backtracked on its earlier claims that the convoy was hit by military planes.

“We are not in a position to determine whether these were in fact airstrikes. We are in a position to say that the convoy was attacked,” UN humanitarian spokesman Jens Laerke said.


Russian drone video from Aleppo, Syria shows artillery vehicle using aid convoy as cover

RT.com, Sept 20, 2016  (with video)

Militants driving a pickup with a mortar sought cover behind the UN-led aid convoy that was destroyed near Aleppo, the Russian military has said, releasing a video from one of its monitoring drones in Syria.

Screenshot of Russian Ministry of Defence video showing mortar vehicle alongside aid convoy in Syria on Sept 19, 2016

Screenshot of Russian Ministry of Defence video showing mortar vehicle alongside aid convoy in Syria on Sept 19, 2016

The convoy with humanitarian aid heading to the embattled city of Aleppo can be seen being accompanied by a militant pickup truck, Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov has said.

The convoy with humanitarian aid heading to the embattled city of Aleppo can be seen being accompanied by a militant pickup truck, Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov has said.

“Analysis of the yesterday’s drone footage monitoring the movement of the aid convoy through the militant held areas helped to reveal new details,” Konashenkov said. He added that the drone footage points at insurgents seeking cover behind the trucks.

“The video clearly shows how the terrorists are relocating a pickup truck with a large-caliber mortar.”

The footage shows the pickup in question riding alongside a line of aid trucks, and stopping right next to one of them, so it can be seen from one side only.

On Monday a humanitarian convoy consisting of 31 trucks was attacked while heading to Aleppo. According to the Red Cross, 20 civilians and one aid worker died as a result. Initial reports by the organization claimed the convoy had been targeted by an airstrike.

Russia denied the allegations, citing the destruction levels of the affected vehicles.

“There are no craters, while the vehicles have their chassis intact and they have not been severely damaged, which would have been the case from an airstrike,” Konashenkov said.

On Tuesday, the UN also retreated from its claims that the convoy was hit by military planes.

“We are not in a position to determine whether these were in fact airstrikes. We are in a position to say that the convoy was attacked,” UN humanitarian spokesman Jens Laerke said.

Related news:
Lavrov slams attack against humanitarian convoy near Aleppo as ‘unacceptable provocation’, TASS, Sept 21, 2016

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