United Nations opens probe in war crimes in Ghouta

United Nations opens probe in war crimes in Ghouta
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Damascus (Syria News) The UN Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said, on Saturday, that the United Nations documented war crimes in eastern Ghouta.

In an urgent debate on the situation in eastern Ghouta, on Friday, Ra’ad said that the Syrian regime shelling on towns and cities of eastern Ghouta, as well as the shelling of opposition on the neighborhoods of Ghouta were likely war crimes against humanity.

“The perpetrators of those crimes should know that they would be identified and held accountable for their crimes,” Ra’ad explained.

The Human Rights Council held an urgent session, yesterday, calling Britain to discuss the situation in eastern Ghouta, which witnessed a violent military campaign by the Syrian regime and Russia over 12 days, leaving more than 500 casualties.

Furthermore, opposition factions attacked Damascus with mortar shells, killing 35 persons, according to official sources in the capital.

Meanwhile, Representative of Syria to the United Nations Hossamudddin Ala accused the UN Commissioner of being biased, while added that the regime army took all possible procedures to protect civilians, in addition to facilitating the opening of humanitarian corridors for the exit of civilians from Ghouta.

It is noteworthy that the UN Security Council had voted, last Saturday, on a 30-day truce in eastern Ghouta; however, Syrian regime and Russia did not abide to the decree and continue their shelling on the area.

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