Use of starvation in Syria a war crime - Ban

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (iStock)
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (iStock)

New York -  The intentional starvation of the Syrian people in besieged areas constitutes a war crime, says UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

"The use of starvation as a weapon of war is a war crime," Ban said on Thursday. 

"All sides - including the Syrian government which has the primary responsibility to protect Syrians - are committing this and other atrocious acts prohibited under international humanitarian law."

Ban called on all international actors to press warring parties in the country to allow unimpeded humanitarian access.

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