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    Attack on UN Aid Convoy Near Aleppo (37)

    An attack that hit the UN aid convoy en route to Syria's Aleppo may be regarded as a war crime if investigation proves its intentional character, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) said on Tuesday.

    GENEVA (Sputnik) — The UN-Syrian Arab Red Crescent aid convoy traveling to Aleppo province was hit late on Monday. The incident occurring amid strained ceasefire in Syria in force since September 12 wrecked 18 out of 31 trucks with humanitarian aid on board and killed around 20 people, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

    Following the attack, the Russian Defense Ministry said that it had examined video of the attack and said neither Russian nor Syrian government munitions had hit the aid convoy. Western officials have alleged that Syria’s government is responsible for the attack.

    "If intentional character of such attacks is established, Switzerland reminds that they are war crimes. Such attacks gravely disturb provision of emergency aid both humanitarian and medical, which civilians are in need for, especially in remote regions," the FDFA statement said.

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