Brahimi says Damascus attack that killed 100 people is a ‘war crime’

Friday attack near Syrian regime’s Baath party headquarters in Damascus that killed 100 people was a “war crime,” according to international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. (Reuters)

International peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said Friday that a devastating bomb blast in the Syrian capital was a “war crime” that had left about 100 people dead.

The toll given by Brahimi was grimly higher than the 61 dead given by Syrian activists after a suicide bomber staged the attack Thursday near the entrance to President Bashar al-Assad’s ruling party offices.

Brahimi said he “strongly condemns the savage and horrible explosion in Damascus yesterday, which resulted in the killing of around 100 and the injuring of two hundred fifty civilians.

“Nothing could justify such horrible actions that amount to war crimes under international law,” the U.N.-Arab League envoy added in a statement.

Brahimi called last month for the U.N. Security Council to set up an independent international investigation for “such crimes” in Syria.

Assad’s government and the opposition have blamed the Damascus attack on “terrorists.”

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