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UN: US, Syria, and Russia strikes against Syrian civilians could amount to war crimes

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — UN investigators published a report on Wednesday suggesting war crimes in Syria by the Syrian government and its Russian allies, as well as the US-led coalition that carried out air strikes that have caused heavy civilian casualties.

Syria is likely to rise to war crimes because of bloody campaigns by Syrian government and its Russian allies that appear to systematically target medical facilities, schools, markets and farms, UN investigators said on Wednesday.

The United Nations -led coalition has carried out airstrikes in Syria that have caused heavy civilian casualties, a UN report said, suggesting that advance warnings have been ignored.

The report covers the period from the beginning of the year to July and is based on 300 interviews and analysis of satellite images, photographs and videos.

Investigators also accused HTS, an alliance of militant groups known as Jabhat al-Nusra and the most prominent militant group in Idlib, by indiscriminately firing rockets and killing civilians.

The coalition’s Operation Storm Al Jazeera resulted in a large number of civilian casualties, including a series of strikes on Jan. 3 on the Shuafah area south of Hajin that killed 16 civilians, including 12 children, the report said.

“The Commission has reasonable grounds to believe that international coalition forces may not have directed their attacks towards a specific military objective or failed to do so with the necessary precautionary measures,” the report said.

“The launching of indiscriminate attacks leading to the killing and injury of civilians amounts to a war crime in cases where such attacks are carried out in a reckless manner.”

Coalition officials were not available to comment on the report.


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