UN: Assad troops and rebels targeting civilians in Syria

By REUTERS
June 23, 2015 12:34




GENEVA - Syrian government forces have dropped barrel bombs on Aleppo nearly daily this year, amounting to the war crime of targeting civilians, and insurgent shelling has caused mass casualties, UN investigators said on Tuesday.

Both the military and rebel groups, including Islamic State, have imposed sieges to "devastating effect," depriving residents of food and medicine and leading to malnutrition and starvation, they said in their latest report.

"The government's campaign of shelling and aerial bombardment sits alongside the besieging of areas and the arrest and disappearance of predominantly fighting-age males from restive areas at its checkpoints," Paulo Pinheiro, chairman of the UN commission of inquiry, told the Human Rights Council.

"Shelling of civilian-inhabited areas by non-state armed groups - including but not limited to ISIS, Jabat al-Nusra and Jaysh Al-Islam - have terrorized men, women and children living in localities held by the government," he said.



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