UN accuses Syrian troops, Islamic State of war crimes

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Syrian government troops used chemical agents, likely chlorine, in eight separate incidents in April and May, a UN report on human rights says.

Residents of Tabqa city tour the streets on motorcycles, carrying flags in celebration after Tabqa air base fell to Islamic State militants, in nearby Raqqa city August 24, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
Residents of Tabqa city tour the streets on motorcycles, carrying flags in celebration after Tabqa air base fell to Islamic State militants, in nearby Raqqa city August 24, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

“The Government continues to commit violations, including war crimes and crimes against humanity, with impunity,” the UN said in Geneva. “Between January and July, hundreds of men, women and children were killed every week by the Government’s indiscriminate firing of missiles and barrel bombs into civilian-inhabited areas. ”

The report also accuses Islamic State militants of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria. It says Islamic State and other groups were recruiting children and training them to fight.

“In areas of Syria under ISIS (Islamic State) control, particularly in the north and northeast of the country, Fridays are regularly marked by executions, amputations and lashings in public squares.”

 

 

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