GENEVA - Syria's crackdown on
anti-government protesters may constitute crimes against
humanity, a UN investigative team said on Thursday, adding it
had evidence implicating 50 people at various levels of
government who could be prosecuted.
Syrian forces fired on peaceful protesters throughout the
country, often at short range and without warning, killing at
least 1,900 civilians, including children, investigators said in
a report. Their wounds were "consistent with an apparent
shoot-to-kill policy," it said.
Some were reportedly finished off with knives.
Tanks, grenades, snipers, heavy machine guns and helicopters
have been used in the assault aimed at quashing opposition to
the rule of President Bashar Assad, they said in a report to
the UN Human Rights Council. The 47-member Geneva forum is to
hold a special session on Syria on Monday.
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