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US, UN say Syria cease-fire 'not dead' after strike on aid convoy

Despite statements from the United States and UN following a deadly Sept. 19 strike on an aid convoy, there are growing doubts about whether the US-Russian agreement is viable.
A damaged truck carrying aid is seen on the side of the road in the town of Orum al-Kubra on the western outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on September 20, 2016, the morning after a convoy delivering aid was hit by a deadly air strike.
The UN said at least 18 trucks in the 31-vehicle convoy were destroyed en route to deliver humanitarian assistance to the hard-to-reach town.
 / AFP / Omar haj kadour        (Photo credit should read OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura emerged from a grim meeting of International Syria Support Group (ISSG) foreign ministers this morning declaring the Syrian cease-fire was not dead, a day after airstrikes by the Syrian regime or Russia killed 20 civilians and destroyed 18 trucks in a convoy of humanitarian aid being delivered to western Aleppo. US and international officials, however, are expressing growing doubts about whether the US-Russia agreement to try to stabilize Syria is viable, after struggling to make it take hold since it went into effect Sept. 12.

“The ceasefire is not dead. That I can tell you,” de Mistura said Tuesday after the ISSG morning meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York. “It was confirmed by everyone around the table.”

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