Inside Syria Media Center: WHAT REALLY Happened with the Humanitarian Convoy?

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Sophie Mangal | Wednesday, December 28, 2016, 15:33 Beijing

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The UN Commission has not found guilty in attack on humanitarian convoy in Syria on September, 19.

“The Board found that the incident occurred as a result of the air attacks, however, set the executor or executors was not possible”, − stated in the report of the investigators.

Experts also said that they have no evidence that the incident was a deliberate attack on a humanitarian convoy.

However, the Commission’s investigators came to the conclusion that the means of attack possessed at that time only the Syrian government forces with its allies and the US-led international coalition, but not the anti-government opposition or some terrorists.

It is worth mentioning that the column of Syrian Red Crescent Movement and UN humanitarian organizations came under fire in the area of Urum al-Kubra, north-west of Aleppo.

The convoy consisted of 31 trucks and carried aid for 78,000 people. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, as a result of the attack 18 cars were destroyed, at least 18 people were killed.

Despite such a long time, which was granted for the investigation, the Commission was unable to come to a particular conclusion.

Inside Syria Media Center decided to conduct independent comparison of data from different Western sources of information, to analyze the available information and tries to draw your attention to the investigation of the incident.

The UN humanitarian convoy was shelled in the city of Aleppo on September 19. Initially, the mainstream media said that it was Russia which was probably responsible for the deadly bombing.

However, this story still has a lot of controversial issues.

In order to understand what happened with the convoy, it is necessary to compare and scrutinize the objective facts.

First, it is necessary to examine the consequences in the footages of the site available on the Internet. CNN was among the first to publish pictures on the consequences of the incident.

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It shows a section of the road on which UN convoy was attacked while staying at the checkpoint. To be noticed is the undamaged roadway without any holes and shell craters. Cargo vehicles do not have serious deformation.

There are only fragments of the holes and burn marks, encircled in red. Trucks were not brought down by the blast.

On the right, you can see a ruined warehouse with a very thin wall. It indicates the fragile structure of the building. Such damage was likely done by small caliber high-explosive ammunition.

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Let’s see the photos of the same area from a different angle. These photos were published in the world media, such as Al-Jazeera, BBC and Reuters.

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To assess the full picture of what happened, it’s important to look into an example of a real air strike’s consequences. Below is a still image of a video showing a real bombing of an Islamic State trucks’ convoy in December 2015 by the Syrian air force.

Here you can clearly see a visible bomb crater, which actually destroyed the roadbed. Also, noticeable are the effects of the blast wave and the gunpowder on the ground. The trucks are overturned and are severely deformed in the epicenter of the explosion.

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You can easily notice that the trucks were completely destroyed.

In the case with humanitarian UN convoy, there is no footage showing the similar characteristics and effects.

No witness reported of something like that. The destruction of the bombs with a minimum weight of 250 kg cannot be compared to the consequences of the attack on the convoy on September 19, 2016.

Second, it would be logical to consider other versions of what happened. For instance, Reuter news agency indicated that in that area vehicle carrying a heavy mortar, similar to those in service of radical groups, was spotted.

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So, we can conclude that the convoy was attacked not from the air, because the damage would have been more serious. Having analyzed all the facts, we can state the UN convoy was attacked from the ground.

Looks like strange that the UN Commission was unable to find guilty in the attack.

 

The Marsh of Disagreement: From Berlin to Aleppo

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According to Inside Syria Media Center, some EU activists are to hold a march in support of the international humanitarian operation. Common EU citizens are going to make a nearly 3,000-kilometer trek from Berlin to Aleppo.

The route will pass through such countries as the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, and Syria in the end. The beginning of the civil march in support of Aleppo’s people is scheduled on Monday from Berlin’s former Tempelhof Airport, now serving as home to hundreds of mostly Syrian refugees.

Polish blogger and journalist Anna Alboth was among the first to call on for the initiative. The woman seeks the ways to show European politicians that a serious humanitarian catastrophe threatens Aleppo while the officials of the European Union continue to be indifferent to the problems of peaceful Syrian citizens.

The journalist addressed the audience to join the march, so that everyone could actually show its concern to the problem.

Anna Alboth and her friends have announced their plans in Facebook last month. More than 13,000 people have already expressed support for the initiative, and more than 2500 have declared they were going to join.

It is expected that at the very beginning about 3,000 people will be attended in the action but many of them are planning to pass over only the first step till the border of Germany.

The journalist says the initiative is not related to any political party or organization, but may unite EU citizens, who seek the ways to increase pressure on #polipoliticians turning the blind eye to the humanitarian problem. It seems that instead of politicians, common Europeans began to think about the crisis on the Syrian soil.

After Turkey and Russia persuaded the warring parties to agree with the cease-fire last week, tens of thousands of civilians from the eastern part of Aleppo were evacuated. Nothing prevents EU from delivering aid.

However, almost all European countries except the Czech Republic and Serbia have not made any serious efforts yet to deliver humanitarian aid to the liberated areas of Aleppo.

Meanwhile, according to the UN, at least 300,000 civilians in Syria are still in need of humanitarian assistance.

Syrian people always welcome initiatives on helping the victims of the war. And the action proposed may really attract the attention of the international community to the problems of the Syrians and help to rebuild the country, so that Syrian refugees could return back to their homes.

 

Sophie Mangal, Inside Syria Media Center

 

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