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    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

    Russian, Syrian Jets Did Not Conduct Airstrikes on UN Convoy in Aleppo - MoD

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    Attack on UN Aid Convoy Near Aleppo (37)

    Russian and Syrian aircraft did not carry out any airstrikes against a UN humanitarian aid convoy near the city of Aleppo, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Tuesday.

    On Monday, the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (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.

    "No airstrikes were carried out against a humanitarian aid convoy in a southwestern suburb of Aleppo by Russian or Syrian aviation. Seeing as the convoy’s route lied through the territories controlled by militants, the Russian reconciliation center monitored its passage yesterday via drones," Konashenkov said.

    According to the general, the monitoring finished when all humanitarian aid was delivered at around 10:40 GMT.

    "Further movements of the convoy were not monitored by the Russian side. Only the militants controlling this area know details of the convoy’s location," Konashenkov added.

    The examination of video footage reveals no signs of an ammunition strikes on the convoy, he said.

    "We have carefully studied videos by so-called activists from the site and found no signs of any ammunition striking the convoy. There are no shell holes, cars' bodies are not damaged and there are no construction faults from the bust wave. All shown on the footage is a direct consequence of the cargo being set on fire. The fire strangely coincided with a major offensive by militants in Aleppo."

    The ministry emphasized that the perpetrator of the fire, as well as his goal may be known by members of the "White Helmets" organization that has connection to al-Nusra Front terrorists who have "accidentally" been at the right time and in the right place with cameras.

    According to the official, al-Nusra Front terrorist group carried out an artillery attack on the southwestern suburb of Aleppo using multiple launch rocket systems.

    The UN said that it is premature to name the party responsible for the attack.

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      Sounds really fishy! scenario 1. Humanitarian aid finished Russian drone leaves (as stated) then its hijacked loaded with weapons to sneak into Aleppo terrorists, A pro Syria observer sees what's going on and orders a mortar attack to destroy convoy.?
    • avatar
      Oh my! This is good! The article, I mean.
    • Jupiter
      So if Russia and Syria are agreed on ceasefire who else is responsible? Only US coalition, like Australia,UK and Denmark...
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      Concrete Mike
      Friends, thé media in thé west blamed russia for the attack without any proof or évidence, I heard it on CBC bright and early this morning, this is à farce, dont bé fooled as we ib thé west have been fooled since 9/11.

      I beleive in peace, but thé wahhabists scums bags got to go first.

      Thé women of thé middle east deserve better than thé oppression thés muslim idiots are imposing on them. Thats right I Said it.
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      Concrete Mike
      Mikhas, that was à pretty ballsy statement by bitch powers wasent it. Churkin i know how you feel its like talking to à goddamned wall, except this wall stabs you in thé back every chance possible, i just fired à Guy like that.
    • iainthepict
      Took your time, but you got there, which is the main thing. Welcome article.
    • avatar
      The US was rather quick to blame Russia.
    • avatar
      Looking for the thieves, search the White House and the democrats.
    • avatar
      The Daesh/Western media and the terrorist sympathiser Syrian Obervatory again try to deceive the people with their appaling lies,yet every day more people are seeing through their propaganda bullsh*t.
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      mzungu in Africain reply toivanwa88(Show commentHide comment)
      ivanwa88, no ammunition used to destroy the convoy! Read the article once more!
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      mzungu in Africa
      Conclusion: The terrorists' masters want the war to go on and the Syrian civilians to die.
      The Zionist puppet masters are all in, they don't care any more about public opinion.
    • avatar
      And fu....Ban Kee Moon immediately blames Russia and Syria, but he never blames the Saudis for their actions towards Yemen. He is a yellow hypocrite.
    • The Night Wind
      Interesting that a day after Kerry accuses Assad of breaking the ceasefire by 'obstructing humanitarian aid and indiscriminately attacking civilians', he accuses Syria of launching an airstrike on a convoy. Now we learn it was arson...well, well...
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      We have carefully studied videos by so-called activists from the site and found no signs of any ammunition striking the convoy. There are no shell holes, cars' bodies are not damaged and there are no construction faults from the bust wave. All shown on the footage is a direct consequence of the cargo being set on fire. The fire strangely coincided with a major offensive by militants in Aleppo."
      Obama's government disgusts me. Russia is exactly right. An airstrike is going to leave a specific signature. The only signature here is about NATO lies like about chemical weapon use by Assad in 2014. That's the pattern, Obama and all of his people are chronic liars and psychopaths.
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      Russia should put bulk missiles and S400 in strategic places in Syria. This will make the US and coalition forces think twice before they fly in Syrian airspace.. I don't know why they are not doing it immediately .
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      Michael Hill
      Kerry said at the UN via Australian TV news tonight - “How can people go sit at a table with a regime that bombs hospitals and drops chlorine gas again and again and again and again and again and acts with impunity,” Kerry asked. “You’re supposed to sit there and have happy talk in Geneva while the regime drops bombs?” Isn't he negotiating stuff with Lavrov at the UN? Guess he's covering the US butt for their death dealing.
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      Michael Hill
      Sadly, the general public believes what the powers-that-be tell them.
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