The US is pinning the blame on two Russian aircrafts for the attacks on an aid convoy near Aleppo Monday night, in a strike that puts in jeopardy the one-week truce between the US and Russia.
" We hold the Russian government responsible for airstrikes in this airspace given their commitment under the cessation of hostilities was to ground air operations where humanitarian assistance was flowing.", Rhodes said, in reference to the terms of a ceasefire between the US and Russia reached on September 12.
The US was forced to stop its aid operations in Syria following the attacks on the aid convoy on Monday in the area of Urum al-Kubra, west of Aleppo.
The International Committee of the Red Cross reported that around 20 civilians were killed in the attack, including the director of the local Red Crescent's branch.
The United Nations said that eighteen of the convoy's 31 trucks were hit. The aid was intended for 250,000 civilians in eastern Aleppo, who have been struggling with a shortage of food, water, and medicine.
Russia' Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that militants were following the convoy based on the analysis of video footage from drones of the strike.
UN Secretary General Ban-Ki moon condemned the attacks as " sickening, savage, and apparently deliberate."
" Just when we think it can not get any worse, the power of depravity sinks lower", Ban-Ki told world leaders on Tuesday at the UN General Assembly annual meeting.