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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.