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Syria warcrimes deepen in battle for territory - UN report
September 11, 2013 / 8:09 AM / 4 years ago

Syria warcrimes deepen in battle for territory - UN report

GENEVA (Reuters) - Syrian government forces have massacred civilians, bombed hospitals and committed other war crimes in widespread attacks to recapture territory in recent months, U.N. human rights investigators said on Wednesday.

A Free Syrian Army fighter aims his weapon behind sandbags in the eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus, September 9, 2013. Picture taken September 9, 2013. REUTERS/Raje Alsori

Opposition forces, including Islamist foreign fighters, have committed war crimes including executions, hostage-taking and shelling civilian neighbourhoods, they said in their latest report, covering the period of May 15-July 15.

“The perpetrators of these violations and crimes, on all sides, act in defiance of international law. They do not fear accountability. Referral to justice is imperative, ” said the U.N. commission of inquiry led by Brazilian Paulo Pinheiro.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, editing by Tom Miles

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