Pentagon denies coalition drone was near Syria aid convoy

People inspect a damaged site after airstrikes on the rebel held al-Qaterji neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria September 21, 2016. (Reuters)

The Pentagon on Wednesday strongly denied Russia’s claim that a US-led coalition Predator drone was in the air over an aid convoy in Syria when it was attacked.

“None of our aircraft -- manned or unmanned, US or coalition -- were anywhere in the vicinity of Aleppo when the strike against the humanitarian convoy occurred,” Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said.

Trucks carrying food and medical equipment from the United Nations and other agencies were unloading aid into a warehouse in Orum al-Kubra, a town in Aleppo province, when a deadly attack killed around 20 civilians late Monday.

The Pentagon remarks came after Russia had insinuated that the coalition drone may have been involved in the strike.

Moscow released the aircraft’s purported air speed and altitude as well as its location over Orum al-Kubra shortly before the strike.

US officials have told AFP that two Russian SU-24 warplanes were operating in the area where the aid convoy was struck, and one of them was directly above the convoy when it was hit.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49