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Around twenty civilians and one Syrian Arab Red Crescent staff member were killed as they were unloading aid supplies. Along with these needless deaths, the bombing means urgently-needed food and medical assistance was destroyed – depriving thousands of people in besieged Aleppo of aid.
The attack violates International Humanitarian Law, under which Red Cross and humanitarian workers are protected from attack. The Red Cross emblem means “Don’t shoot! We’re here to help” in any language.
“There has been a flagrant violation of International Humanitarian Law, which is totally unacceptable. Failing to respect and protect humanitarian workers and structures might have serious repercussions on ongoing humanitarian operations in the country, hence depriving millions of people from aid essential to their survival”, said Peter Maurer, the International Committee of the Red Cross President.
With a ceasefire arranged earlier this month broken after the attack on the aid convoy, Aleppo continues to be hit by airstrikes, and people continue to lose their lives.
Food and water supplies, hospitals, schools and livelihoods have been destroyed by the conflict in Syria, and there are many people in need of our help. Families continue to flee to safety in Europe. To help those in need, you can donate to the Syrian crisis appeal to help support our humanitarian relief efforts.