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Syria video shows rebel 'war crime'

2012-11-02 15:14

Geneva - A video appearing to show Syrian rebels killing soldiers who had surrendered must be verified but appears to constitute a war crime that should be prosecuted, the United Nations human rights office said on Friday.

"Like other videos of this sort, it's difficult to verify immediately in terms of location, who's involved. We need to examine this carefully. It will be examined carefully," UN human rights spokesperson Rupert Colville told a news briefing.

"But the allegations are that these these were soldiers who were no longer combatants. And therefore, at this point it looks very likely that this is a war crime, another one," he said.

Anti-government rebels killed 28 soldiers on Thursday in attacks on three army checkpoints around Saraqeb, a town on Syria's main north-south highway, a monitoring group said.

Some of the dead were shot after they had surrendered, according to video footage. Rebels berated them, calling them "Assad's Dogs", before firing round after round into their bodies as they lay on the ground.

"Unfortunately, this could be just the latest in a string of documented summary executions by opposition factions as well as by government forces and groups affiliated with them, such as the shabbiha [pro-government militia]," Colville said.

Comments
  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-02 15:45

    Some are doing this. It's terrible, as wrong as what Assad and his brother are doing.

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-11-02 15:51

    Why no one ever made an effort to verify videos claiming to show victims of government forces assault? Many of them are not even close to Syrian events.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-02 16:04

      Denial, denial, denial. I'm glad you and your family are not being detained, tortured, raped and killed by Assad and his brother. This went on for eleven months without a hostile response from the Syrian people. Thousands were killed with sniper fire. Russian sniper rifles. Tens of thousands more detained, tortured, raped and killed. Those are not just words. They're real life events. There are countless videos and accounts from Syrians and third-party observers. You just have to open your eyes and heart to see them. Why do you think the overwhelming majority of the countries on Earth have decided Assad is an illegitimate leader and must step down. Only 12 decided against.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-11-02 19:32

      Diana, Verify ??, Verify WHAT ??? THIRTY FIVE THOUSAND Syrians DEAD , MAINLY civilians !! A country bombed from the AIR into ruins!!! PLEASE don't talk such garbage, rather go and comment on some car accident article !!!!

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-11-02 16:48

    Executing SODIERS that have surrendered is VERY BAD. but so is what these soldiers are doing when they shoot bullets, bombs and missiles at civilians (MEN WOMEN AND CHILDREN). It is pathetic of the Syrian government to cry foul

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-04 04:36

      Notwithstanding Pattick's stupid self-imposed blindness, Assad and his brother will fall and Syria will be free.

  • dewaldt.duplessis.5 - 2012-11-02 17:28

    Uhm what about Assads dropping cluster bombs on civilians not even close to military targets?Down with the Syrian government!Rebels please kill all those f#ckers!

  • daemon.zeigist - 2012-11-02 20:24

    Terrorists, there is no excuse, look at what the great Libiyan freedom thugs are doing in Libiya at the moment. Everyone is encouraging failed states and Islamic take overs, look at Egypt, Libiya and see what so called democracy has brought there...a hand full of idiotic woman fondling liberals attempting to stop strict sharia law.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-11-02 20:30

      Shame, Go and take an ice cold shower!!, maybe it will snap you out of this silly and childish anti Western crap, and into some reality !!! Egypt and Libya, are more stable that SA is at present !!!!!!!

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-11-02 20:39

      They were warned by Russia this would happen am just glad they begin to change their tune..to save face,more than likly..so to speak..isn't it incredible how quickly they can change their ideas about what's happening like it did not really matter what they had said previously..shows how much they really care about Syrian people..it just a dangerous game they play and for the average Syrian..its a disaster!

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-11-02 20:42

      The saddest part is that some still believe their rubbish..!!

      daemon.zeigist - 2012-11-02 20:47

      Tell that to the Yanks who were taken out in their Embassy, and the civilians displaced in Ban Wadi after the city was attacked. South Africa is a Utopia in comparison. The country is stable, their political bickering, so what! thats democracy right? Climb down from your Ivory Tower, you speak as though you are living in the US and only watch CNN propaganda. You can't see the trees because of the forest.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-11-03 06:41

      Patrick, The problem with you lunatics from the left is, that you just make up, whatever suits you. If EVER there was PROOF, of the rubbish, you talk about LIBYA, their elections PROOF , beyond the slightest doubt, that the Libyan people, are glad their 40m year old nightmare has come to an end, and have NO appetite for ANYTHING RADICAL. You seem to have a big problem with this, but the Libyans could not give a damn what you think !!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-11-03 06:49

      Daemon, ""their political bickering, so what! thats democracy right? "" Sure, but my point is, that one of the yardsticks of stability, is the ability to attract foreign investments. Both Egypt and Libya, at present, have better climate for foreign investment, than SA !! THAT is called 'stability' !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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