United Nations relief efforts are at the whim of Bashar al-Assad

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The bombing of the convoy near Aleppo underlines the difficulties faced by aid workers trying to help the Syrian people

From the moment the ceasefire in Syria started on Monday evening last week, President Bashar al-Assad made his intentions perfectly clear.

First he went to Daraya, a Damascus suburb, and vowed to take back the entire country; then his regime repeatedly blocked or stalled attempts by aid convoys to travel into besieged areas, in contravention of the terms of the deal; and, having declared the ceasefire over, an airstrike – presumed to be either by the Syrians or their Russian backers – decimated a convoy carrying UN-supplied food destined for a rebel-held area of Aleppo countryside.

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