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Naming Perpetrator of Attack on Aleppo Aid Convoy Premature - UN

© AFP 2021 / Omar haj kadourTrucks carrying aid are seen on the side of the road in the town of Orum al-Kubra on the western outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on September 20, 2016, the morning after a convoy delivering aid was hit by a deadly air strike
Trucks carrying aid are seen on the side of the road in the town of Orum al-Kubra on the western outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on September 20, 2016, the morning after a convoy delivering aid was hit by a deadly air strike - Sputnik International
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The United Nations notified Russia and the United States of the attack on a humanitarian aid convoy in Syria, and expects an investigation, a spokesman of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Tuesday, naming the perpetrator of the attack was premature.

A boy rides a bicycle near a damaged aid truck after an airstrike on the rebel held Urm al-Kubra town, western Aleppo city, Syria September 20, 2016. - Sputnik International
IFRC Says Unaware of Who Launched Attack Against Aid Convoy in Aleppo, Syria
GENEVA (Sputnik) – On Monday, the OCHA said that the aid convoy crossed the conflict line in the Big Orem area of the Syrian city of Aleppo. Later in the day, UN officials stated that the convoy had been shelled and there were casualties.

"They are fully aware of what has happened… We are still trying to establish exactly what happened. Both sides have influence on those who have access to these kinds of weapons so we are giving that information to them," Jens Laerke told RIA Novosti.

Laerke called for an investigation into the incident.

"It’s easy to blame this and blame that but… that’s very dangerous to do, it’s premature to do this before you have established the facts," the official said.

According to Laerke, both the Damascus forces and the opposition groups were aware of the fact that the convoy would attempt to deliver aid, and had given permission for it to do so.

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