White House Blames Russia for Deadly Attack on Syrian Aid Convoy

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, sits with U.N. Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, right, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting of the International Syria Support Group in New York, Sept. 20, 2016.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, sits with U.N. Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, right, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting of the International Syria Support Group in New York, Sept. 20, 2016.

NEW YORK —  The United States is holding Russia responsible for an attack on a humanitarian convoy in northern Syria that killed 20 civilians and an official of the Syrian Red Crescent society.

Ben Rhodes, a senior White House official, said all evidence shows the aid convoy was targeted by an airstrike, and since rebels in Syria have no air force, the strike could only have been conducted by Syrian government forces or their Russian allies.

The deadly airstrike west of Aleppo on Monday also destroyed 100 tons of desperately needed food and medicine.

Rhodes, President Barack Obama’s deputy national security advisor, spoke to reporters Tuesday evening on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York. He noted Russia had pledged to keep its warplanes away from “places where humanitarian aid is flowing. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

SOURCE: VOA NEWS

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.