The United Nations suspended aid convoys across Syria after an air strike hit relief trucks near the city of Aleppo on Monday night, killing at least one aid worker and around 20 civilians. Nathan Frandino reports.
Aleppo aid truck attack a “very, very dark day for humanitarians”: U.N.
Activists say the missiles destroyed at least eight aid trucks, a warehouse full of supplies and a hospital.
The strike near Aleppo late on Monday came just hours after a week-long ceasefire had ended.
The UN’s Jens Laerke says he is outraged.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SPOKESMAN OF THE U.N. OFFICE FOR THE COORDINATION OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS (OCHA), JENS LAERKE, SAYING:
“This is a very very dark day for humanitarians in Syria, and I’ll say across the world because I think there’s been a moment of shock and, frankly, disgust, by this attack.”
The air strike – blamed on Syrian or Russian warplanes – killed at least one Syrian Arab Red Crescent aid worker and around 20 civilians.
It dashed hopes for nearly 80,000 people in Urm al-Kubra waiting for food and medicine.
Moscow denies any involvement by either Russia or Syria, saying only that militants were aware of the convoy’s location.
The United Nations has now suspended aid convoys across the country.
Trucks filled with food supplies on Turkey’s border with Syria are now languishing in customs, waiting for another opportunity.
But after this latest attack, they may be waiting for some time.