20 September 2016
A humanitarian aid worker and around 20 civilians have been killed by an air strike which hit an emergency aid convoy in Aleppo, Syria.
The attack took place on Monday 19 September while they were unloading relief supplies into a warehouse run by our partner organisation, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC).
Mike Adamson, chief executive of the British Red Cross, said: “We are shocked and horrified by this terrible attack. Our thoughts are with the families and colleagues of those who have been killed while undertaking humanitarian work.
“Earlier in the day, 31 trucks of food, medicine and other aid had arrived at the SARC branch in western Rural Aleppo. This aid would have helped over 70,000 people in desperate need.
“Attacking aid convoys and aid workers is absolutely unacceptable, and is against International Humanitarian Law.”
The convoy had arrived earlier in the day, crossing a frontline as agreed with the parties involved in the conflict. The trucks were carrying relief items including medicines, blankets and clothes supplied by the United Nations. People had arrived at the local depot to unload the trucks when the tragic incident occurred.
The British Red Cross has a long-standing relationship with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, having worked together since 2004 before the conflict began.
The Syrian Arab Red Crescent has lost a total of 53 staff and volunteers since the onset of the crisis while continuing to reach five million people in need on a monthly basis.