A horrific attack yesterday in rural Aleppo killed around twenty civilians and one Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) staff member as they were unloading trucks carrying vital humanitarian aid. The attack hit a SARC warehouse and an aid convoy, leaving much of the aid was destroyed and depriving attack thousands of civilians of much-needed food and medical assistance.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is outraged over the attack and repeats its demand that all parties to the conflict adhere to the rules of international humanitarian law, which includes protecting aid workers.
"From what we know of yesterday's attack, there has been a flagrant violation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), 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 ICRC President.
Syria is one of the most dangerous conflicts for humanitarian workers in the world. During the past six years, 54 staff and volunteers of SARC have lost their lives while carrying out their duties.
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