Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

UN looking into Syrian massacres

Paulo Pinheiro is leading a UN inquiry into Syrian massacres (AP)

The head of a UN commission investigating abuses in Syria says it has been collecting evidence about 20 massacres, including three in the central city of Homs since December.

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro said the destructive stalemate between president Bashar Assad's regime and anti-government rebels was fuelling a rise in mass killings, with the violence spreading to such an extent that "there are no more enclaves of stability in Syria today."

Commission member Vitit Muntarbhorn added both sides are committing war crimes but it appears that "government authorities have been involved more in regard to crimes against humanity."

The United Nations estimates more than 70,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict that started two years ago as a popular uprising against Assad's authoritarian rule.

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