UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Friday denounced the growing number of civilians killed “by a succession of air strikes” in Idlib and other areas from northwestern Syria.
Ms. Bachelet lamented that the recent strikes had targeted health facilities, schools and other civilian infrastructure such as markets and bakeries, “despite repeated calls by the United Nations to uphold the precautionary and discriminatory the conduct of hostilities “.
“These are civilian targets and it seems very unlikely, given the frequency and the relentlessness of these attacks, that they are all affected by accident,” said the UN human rights chief, while recalling that “intentional attacks against civilians constitute war crimes and those who ordered or perpetrated them are criminally responsible for their acts”.
Ms. Bachelet also expressed concern that the ongoing carnage in Syria does not attract much attention from the international community. “At present, the air strikes kill and mutilate a considerable number of civilians several times a week, which seems to be a simple general shrug,” she said, urging the actors concerned to “urgently use their influence to stop the current military campaign and remind the parties to the conflict at the negotiating table”.
Since the beginning of the Syrian government’s campaign and its allies in northwestern Syria more than three months ago, the fighting has killed at least 450 civilians, including 103 in air strikes in the last ten months. last days, according to this UN official.
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