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Damaged aid trucks are pictured after an airstrike on the rebel held Urm al-Kubra town, western Aleppo city, Syria September 20, 2016. Reuters, Ammar Abdullah

London-Syrian human rights and civil society organizations condemned the United Nations for not being able to protect citizens and its working staff, especially after a U.N. aid convoy was bombed by Syrian and its Russian ally’s aircraft in Syria’s Aleppo on Wednesday.

The convoy was part of a routine inter-agency dispatch operated by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.

The organizations described, in their statement, this attack as a barbaric message that led to the death of 13 Red Crescent volunteers.

The organizations said this was not the first time the United Nations and its agencies witness this kind of neglect and disdain from Assad and Putin’s gangs.

“In the past five years the U.N. has been subjected to many humiliating acts by these criminals, yet no procedures were taken against them, which led to more crimes and massacres, the latest of which was Wednesday’s incident,” according to the statement.

The organizations criticized the U.N.’s reaction and said: “Instead of holding the criminals accountable, the U.N. decided to suspend aid convoys to Syria. The U.N. acted as a weak party whose presence depended on the sympathy of others and not as an international organization that represented the whole world and the global humanitarian values. The U.N.’s presence is based on international decisions issued by supreme international references; the U.N.’s Security Council and General Assembly.”

The organizations considered that the U.N. has permanently abandoned the legal and material reasons of why it was established in the first place.

Moreover, the statement requested referring this crime to the International Criminal Court and to act upon the U.N.’s stipulations without beseeching this role from criminals.