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ISIS attacks on civilians on the rise during coronavirus pandemic, accuses UN

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The UN human rights chief on Friday accused the ISIS extremist group and other factions in Syria of taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to step up violence on civilians, describing the situation as a “ticking time-bomb.”

“Various parties to the conflict in Syria, including ISIL, appear to view the global focus on the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to regroup and inflict violence on the population,” Michelle Bachelet said in a statement.

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“The deteriorating situation is a ticking time-bomb that must not be ignored.”

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