UN suspends all aid in Syria

Other | Tuesday 20th September 2016 | Arren

All aid conveys have been suspended by the UN after it's lorries were attacked yesterday.

Aid convey lorries carrying vital supplies for citizens trapped by the on-going Syrian civil war, were yesterday attacked by warplanes. The lorries, all with proper permits and prior notification given to all warring parties, were shot at just outside the city of Aleppo.

18 of the 31 Red Crescent fleet were destroyed along with their cargo that included medical gear, winter clothes and food. It's also reported that a number of civilians have been killed in the blasts.

One of the lorries left destroyed after the air attacks just outside Aleppo.

Jens Laerke, the UN humanitarian aid spokesman said 'As an immediate security measure, other convoy movements in Syria have been suspended for the time being'.

The strike has been described as a flagrant violation of international law, happening at the end of a week long ceasefire that was brokered by the US & Russia. The truce was already under pressure after several violations.

The US expressed 'outrage' over the attack, with a US State Department statement saying 'We don't know at this point whether it was the Russians or the regime. In either case, the Russians have the responsibility certainly to restrain - refrain from taking such action themselves, but they also have the responsibility to keep the regime from doing it'.

Vast amounts of aid left badly damaged after the blasts.