Aleppo bombardment most likely a war crime – U.N.

Published: 06:07 GMT, Dec 15, 2016 |

Syria’s government forces and their allies have almost certainly violated international law and probably committed war crimes by the latest bombardment of civilians hoping to be evacuated from eastern Aleppo, the U.N. human rights office said on Wednesday (Dec 14).

“I think when you see this sort of intensity in bombardment into this small area in which thousands and thousands of civilians are packed, it is almost certainly a violation of international law and most probably war crimes that are being committed right now as we speak because you cannot possibly distinguish between civilians and fighters in this way, under these circumstances when they are all packed in so close together,” U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights spokesperson, Rupert Colville said.

An evacuation of besieged rebel districts was announced late on Tuesday (Dec 13) but did not go ahead as planned early on Wednesday after Iran, one of President Bashar al-Assad’s main backers, imposed new conditions, saying it wanted the rebels to allow the simultaneous evacuation of two Shi’ite villages.

A ceasefire that had coincided with news of the evacuation plan broke down and fighting raged again in Aleppo on Wednesday (Dec 14).