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    Attack on UN Aid Convoy Near Aleppo (37)
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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.

    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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    Attack on UN Aid Convoy Near Aleppo (37)

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