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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Neither Russian nor Syrian planes bombed an aid convoy in Syria's Aleppo

Neither Russian nor Syrian planes bombed an aid convoy in Syria's Aleppo, Moscow says, as outrage mounted over an attack the UN said could be a war crime.

The Red Cross said on Tuesday at least 20 people were killed in the attack on the trucks carrying desperately needed humanitarian relief to thousands of Syrians.

"The air forces of Russia and Syria did not conduct any strikes against the UN aid convoy in the southwestern outskirts of Aleppo," defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies.

Konashenkov said the attack the previous night doesn't appear to have been from an air strike.

The Syrian Civil Defence, a volunteer rescue group known as the White Helmets that operates in rebel-held areas, posted images of several vehicles on fire. A video of the attack showed huge balls of fire against the night sky as ambulances arrived on the scene.

The Russian military "carefully studied the video recordings of the so-called activists from the scene and found no signs that any munitions hit the convoy", Konashenkov said.

"Everything shown on the video is the direct consequence of the cargo catching fire, and this began in a strange way simultaneously with militants carrying out a massive offensive in Aleppo." ...
 [aljazeera.com]
20/9/16

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