U.S. decries Russia for attack on Aleppo aid convoy

Sep 20, 2016, 1:13 AM EDT
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
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The U.S. slammed Russia for airstrikes that left at least 12 people dead and 18 trucks of an aid convoy completely destroyed around the Syrian city of Aleppo on Monday. U.N. Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, expressed “enormous outrage” over the air raids, saying that the convoy was an outcome of a long process of permissions and preparations. The assault came within hours after the Syrian military announced the end of a seven-day ceasefire.

Stephen O’Brien, the U.N.’s emergency relief coordinator, said that targeting of the aid convoy would amount to war crime if the strikes are found to be deliberate, writes The Guardian. Meanwhile, several areas in and around Aleppo were bombed and shelled, killing at least 32 people on Monday.

While the U.S. accused Russia of failing to stop the Syrian regime from violation of ceasefire, Moscow said that the government forces responded to a major attack by rebels on Aleppo’s southwestern outskirts.

Upset over the Syrian military declaration, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that the government should talk to the negotiators before making statements in the press, reports Al Jazeera. Kerry admitted that the U.S.-Russia brokered truce has failed to come to fruition in its first stage while adding that America still seeks to salvage the peace process.