Russia May Have Deliberately Targeted U.N. Aid Convoy in Aleppo Killing 12 Civilians
The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) recently published a report showing evidence that Russian and Syrian Forces deliberately attacked the U.N. Aid Convoy in Aleppo on September 19, 2016, killing at least 12 people.
Russian and Syrian forces reportedly targeted a U.N. aid convoy set to deliver supplies into the Syrian Red Arab Cresent (SARC). The attacks killed 12 civilians, including relief workers and drivers. 10 aid trucks were also destroyed.
According to reports, government helicopters that are believed to have been Russian, conducted airstrikes for three hours on the center for the Red Cresent in eastern Urm Al Kubra. Syrian government forces also dropped 4 barrel bombs and carried out at least nine air strikes.
“It is not peculiar for a regime who besieges whole areas and obstructs aids access to destroy aids and those who are working on it. U.N. delegation have been targeted before, we shouldn’t forget that. It is also not unlikely that the Russian regime, who targeted and bombed 59 medical centers with all the patients, wounded, and equipment inside, targeted the Red Crescent center and the U.N. aid convoy. The various crimes and violations are happening in Syria because there has been no real deterrent since 2011. It is just an open green light" Fadel Abdul Ghandi, chairman of the SNHR adds.
The SNHR reports of three indicators to provide evidence that the attacks were deliberate. They cite the duration of the attack, the frequency of the strikes and the statement by Mr. Stephen Or'Brien, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. Or'Brien states, “Notification of the convoy – which planned to reach some 78,000 people – had been provided to all parties to the conflict.”
The attacks by the Russian and Syrian forces are a direct violation of the Security Council Resolutions 2139 and 2254, which both state that indiscriminate attacks must be halted. They also violated Article 8 of Rome Statute, as the attacks constitute war crimes.
The Syrian Network For Human Rights