Syria war crimes worsen in battle for territory, says new U.N. report

Both Syrian opposition forces and the Syrian government have committed war crimes, according to a new U.N. report. (File photo: Reuters)

Syrian government forces have massacred civilians, bombed hospitals and committed other war crimes in widespread attacks to recapture territory in recent months, U.N. human rights investigators said in a report released on Wednesday.

Opposition forces, including Islamist foreign fighters, have committed war crimes including executions, hostage-taking and shelling civilian neighborhoods, they said in their latest report, covering the period of May 15-July 15.

“The perpetrators of these violations and crimes, on all sides, act in defiance of international law. They do not fear accountability. Referral to justice is imperative,” said the U.N. commission of inquiry led by Brazilian Paulo Pinheiro.

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