Syria war crimes deepen in territory battles: UN

2013-09-11 11:04
An image grab taken from an undated video uploaded on YouTube allegedly shows a member of the jihadist group al-Nusra Front shooting blindfolded supporters of the Syrian regime at an undisclosed location in eastern Syria. (YouTube/ AFP)

An image grab taken from an undated video uploaded on YouTube allegedly shows a member of the jihadist group al-Nusra Front shooting blindfolded supporters of the Syrian regime at an undisclosed location in eastern Syria. (YouTube/ AFP)

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Geneva - Syrian government forces have massacred civilians, bombed hospitals and committed other war crimes in widespread attacks to recapture territory in recent months, UN human rights investigators said on Wednesday.

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 15 May - 15 July.

"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 UN commission of inquiry led by Brazilian Paulo Pinheiro.

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