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UN condemns rampant war crimes in Syria

Iran Press TV

Mon Feb 22, 2016 6:34PM

A UN commission has condemned 'widespread war crimes in Syria', saying those responsible for the violent atrocities should be held accountable as part of the international peace process.

'Flagrant violations of human rights and international humanitarian law continue unabated, aggravated by blatant impunity,' the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry said in a report on Monday.

The report added that civilians were the "primary victims" of Syria's five-year-long conflict and "their suffering has been compounded by an absence of civilian protection."

The commission further noted that those responsible for war crimes should face justice as part of a ceasefire aimed at ending the conflict in Syria.

Paulo Pinheiro, the head of the commission, also said the warring sides in the Arab country do not respect international humanitarian law.

This came as reports say that Russia and the US announced that a cessation of hostilities in the Arab country will go into effect on February 27.

On February 12, diplomats from the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) agreed to seek a temporary 'cessation of hostilities' in Syria. The ISSG also agreed to 'accelerate and expand' deliveries of humanitarian aid to various besieged Syrian towns.

On Saturday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that he was ready for a ceasefire to end the five-year-long bloodshed in the country, provided that foreign-backed terrorists did not use a let-up in fighting to their advantage and that countries backing them halted their support.

Syria accuses Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar of funding and arming terrorist groups operating inside the country, including Daesh Takfiri group.

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