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Syria: UN Human Rights chief concerned over "war crimes" by both sides

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Syria: UN Human Rights chief concerned over "war crimes" by both sides


Syrian state television is reporting the deaths of at least 17 people in two bomb attacks in the country’s biggest city, Aleppo. The victims are said to be forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

The blasts happened close to a sports stadium and two hospitals on Sunday, destroying the buildings.

Opposition forces say they were targeting military police headquarters and a building being used as barracks by loyalist troops.

As the fighting continues, the message from the UN is that both sides have gone too far.

“I am concerned they may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. I am equally concerned about violations by anti-government forces, including murder, extrajudicial execution and torture, as well as the recently increased use of improvised explosive devices,” said UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay.

Joint UN and Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi will visit Syria in the next few days.

New to the role after the departure of Kofi Annan, Brahimi has begun his mission meeting Arab League head Nabil Elaraby in Cairo to discuss ways of ending Syria’s 18-month old conflict.

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