Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on attack on the humanitarian convoy in Aleppo, Syria

21st September 2016

NEW YORK, 20 September 2016 – “All those with a conscience must condemn the attack on a humanitarian convoy in Aleppo that killed and injured humanitarian workers.

“The inter-agency convoy was carrying desperately needed humanitarian supplies for tens of thousands of people in extreme need.

“Trucks carrying UNICEF health, nutrition, education, water, sanitation and hygiene supplies were severely damaged in the attack.

“These supplies were for children who have already suffered more than five years of war.  Five years of callous disregard for their lives, their well-being, and their future.

“Our deepest sympathy is with the families of those killed in this heartless attack, and our thoughts are with all those who were injured.  These heroes risked their lives – and lost their lives – working to save others in a human catastrophe that has gone on for far too long, and cost far too many lives.”

“We honor their work best by carrying on.  UNICEF remains committed to deliver aid to the more than six million children and their families who are in desperate need of help.

“We call again on all parties to the conflict to honour their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure and to facilitate unconditional, unimpeded and sustained access to people in desperate need – wherever they are in Syria.”

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