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UN Suspends Aid Delivery in Syria Following Attack on Aid Convoy

UN Suspends Aid Delivery in Syria Following Attack on Aid Convoy

This image provided by the Syrian anti-government group Aleppo 24 news, shows a vest of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent hanging on a damaged vehicle, in Aleppo, Syria, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. A U.N. humanitarian aid convoy in Syria was hit by airstrikes Monday as the Syrian military declared that a U.S.-Russian brokered cease-fire had failed, and U.N. officials reported many dead and seriously wounded. (Aleppo 24 news via AP)
This image provided by the Syrian anti-government group Aleppo 24 news, shows a vest of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent hanging on a damaged vehicle, in Aleppo, Syria, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 (Aleppo 24 news via AP)

By Mohamed Hamdy

The United Nations has suspended all aid convoys in Syria after a deadly attack on trucks carrying life-saving supplies in rural Aleppo on Monday night left 12 killed, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The convoy of 31 trucks was carrying supplies to around 80,000 people when it was targeted near the city of Aleppo, according to the United Nations and other aid organizations.

The victims of the attack were mostly truck drivers and Red Crescent workers.

The UN and many countries including the United States released statements early on Tuesday morning condemning the attack on what is believed to be one of the darkest days for humanitarians across the world.

A UN spokesperson said that the attack will leave thousands of people without desperately needed food and medicine, adding that “the aid operation remains suspended while we assess and reevaluate the situation on the ground.”

Human activists and Syrian organizations criticized the UN decision of suspending aid convoys, saying that this decision will only affect Syrians in many provinces who are in desperate need for supplies.

There has yet to be a claim of responsibility for the attacks.

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