White House says it holds Russia responsible for Syria aid convoy attack

While the United States initially said it was still hopeful of extending the truce, USA officials acknowledged in the wake of the attack that there might no longer be any agreement left to salvage.

Elsewhere on Monday, at least 20 civilians, including a 1-year-old girl, were killed in fresh airstrikes on rebel-held Aleppo city and the surrounding areas, according to the Observatory.

On Saturday, Russia said that USA jets had killed more than 60 Syrian soldiers.

The U.N.'s humanitarian agency, OCHA, announced earlier in the day it had suspended relief convoys in Syria, pending a review of the security situation.

Today, AP employs the latest technology to collect and distribute content - we have daily uploads covering the latest and breaking news in the world of politics, sport and entertainment. The Syrian army also denied that it was involved in the attack.

Aghast at a deadly aerial bombing of 31 humanitarian supply trucks authorized to travel in Syria, United Nations officials suspended all aid convoys in the war-ravaged country Tuesday, described the attack as a possible war crime, and called the bombers cowards.

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"The best evaluation we have is that the Russians carried out the strike", the official added, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The aid was "intended for people in dire need".

Monday's convoy to Urem al-Kubra and another that went to a rebel-held town in central Homs province were the first aid deliveries dispatched during the weeklong cease-fire. "The shooting needs to stop and the terrorists need to stop attacking Syrian troops", he said. The Syrian Civil Defense, the volunteer first responder group also known as the White Helmets, confirmed that casualty figure.

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are outraged by last night's horrific attack on a SARC warehouse and an aid convoy in Orem Al Kubra (Big Orem) in rural Aleppo.

When asked who was behind the airstrikes, Abdurrahman said Syrian President Bashar Assad's "regime does not have the capabilities to carry out such airstrikes within two hours".

Instead, the fire that tore through the convoy happened "strangely at the same time insurgents were carrying out a large-scale attack on Aleppo", defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.

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The U.N. says over 6 million Syrians are living in besieged or hard-to-reach areas and require humanitarian aid.

USA intelligence agencies believe that Russian aircraft conducted the strike that targeted a humanitarian aid convoy in northern Syria on Monday, according to US officials.

Piles of white bags filled with flour were seen near one of the trucks. Trucks inside the compound as well as those outside on the road were hit.

The attack drew outrage from United Nations officials, as the United Nations suspends all aid convoys in Syria. Peter Maurer, the organization's president, called the attack a "flagrant violation" of worldwide law.

No person or group had yet claimed responsibility for the convoy attack, officials said.

Rebel forces and activists say government planes have bombed areas that are under the truce agreement, including rebel-held parts of Aleppo.

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"Everything shown on the video is the direct effect of the cargo catching fire ... simultaneously with militants carrying out a massive offensive in Aleppo", Konashenkov said.

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