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UN accused Russian Aerospace Forces of war crimes in Syria

NEW YORK, (BM) – The independent UN commission to investigate human rights violations in Syria called on the international community and parties to the conflict to investigate incidents that led to civilian deaths and destruction of civilian objects during the fighting. This is stated in the next report of the commission, published on Monday in Geneva, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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The 23-page document covers the period from July 2019 to January 2020. It is based on 233 interviews that were conducted in countries neighboring with Syria, as well as photo and video materials, information from the government and the UN.

According to experts, “all warring parties continue to ignore or refuse to protect vulnerable populations, including guarantees of unhindered humanitarian assistance.”

As a result of attacks by the opposing forces, “dozens of women, men and children” were killed and injured. In the province of Idlib, from May to January, the number of internally displaced persons reached 700 thousand.

The report, in particular, provides information on air attacks undertaken on July 22 and August 16, resulting in civilian casualties. Allegedly, “the Commission has reason to believe that the Russian aircraft participated in each of these incidents.” In turn, experts charged the air strikes on the hospital on November 4-6, which, according to them, constitutes a “war crime”.

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It is also noted that the population in Idlib is suffering from the actions of the militants of the Hayyat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group. According to the report, this and other groups are responsible for the deaths and injuries of dozens of civilians. Evidence has been received of the ongoing recruitment by children of Khayyat Tahrir al-Sham militants for participation in hostilities.

The Commission recommended that the world community and states, when conducting operations in Syria, take precautions to “minimize damage to the civilian population.” In addition, it was proposed to conduct an “independent, impartial and credible investigation of incidents” involving the armed forces of a country and hold those responsible accountable.

The call for investigations and punishment of those responsible is also addressed to pro-government troops and non-state formations.

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