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A massacre on a world historic level has taken place in Douma, Syria in the last week. I reported on the very beginnings of it here at the Daily Kos last Wednesday as the tweets came in that Assad's artillery had started shelling the city and his shabiha where saddling up. It went on through Saturday as the world leaders met about the Syrian crisis in the splendor of Geneva and decided to give Bashar al-Assad more time to handle it his way. It reached a crescendo as the UN Action Group adjourned and the diplomats went off to the press conferences.

Visitors to Douma now describe abandon neighborhoods, completely destroyed with bodies rotting in the streets. It is far to early to know what the death count is. Most probably we will never know. Douma was a city of a half million souls.

The Massacre was LiveStreamed

There have been many and worst massacres before in our dubious history on this planet, but never before has one been broadcast as it happened. Never before have we had so many real-time pictures and videos and eye witness reports to atrocities as they were taking place. Never before has slaughter on this scale been ignored by so many. Never before has a whole city cried out for help to the people of the whole world as they were being slaughtered only to have those pleas go unanswered.


What has been and is being allowed to happen in Douma should shame the whole world.

And the media is refusing to report on the true scope of the massacre in Douma still. Even Al Jazeera English is mum about it.

I'm sorry if these pictures offend you. They offend me too. Most likely these people were still alive when I published BREAKING: Douma, Syria under massive attack, another massacre feared last Wednesday.

A "sight-seeing" drive by car through Damascus suburb Douma after full-force-raid by Assad's forces      

     Victims slaughtered inside their home. Video posted July 3, 2012

Video Tour of Douma - July 4th, 2012 - It looked a bit nicer last week


     Walking tour of massive destruction done by days of Assad's bombardment of Douma, Syria | July 2, 2012

        Twenty-three victims of the shelling of Douma, Syria | July 3, 2012

           Civilian found killed in home, Douma, Syria | July 3, 2012

              In the hospital | June 29, 2012

              A grim walking tour | Douma | July 2, 2012

Destruction and Mass Devastation in Al-Massaken District | Douma | July 04, 2012

      Man found murdered in SAAB | Douma, Syria | July 3, 2012

The army stormed Hamdan Hospita, expelled the medical staff and killed the wounded. The smell in the hospital is almost indescribable. | July 4, 2012

Al Jazeera Arabic report by Amer Kubaisi on the destruction of Douma. July 3, 2012 |Activists said that 113 people were killed on Monday. Helicopters were used in some areas. The Syrian army launched attacks on this suburb near Damascus killing dozens and displacing families. In the meantime Navi Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations, renewed demands to refer the violators of human rights in Syria to the International Criminal Court.

The news reports and starting to come in. This is the first one I've seem. It is from the Global Post but posted on the website of the Syrian Youth Movement:

Syrians find mutilated corpses in trash cans

By: Amy Silverstein

Local activists in Syria say that they are pulling mutilated corpses out of trash cans in Douma. Local state media, meanwhile, is painting a much rosier picture and downplaying concerns about violence, Reuters reported today.

The report comes after security forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar-al Assad stormed through Douma last week, killing at least 83 people, an NGO told the Agence France-Presse.

“These are pieces of our children we’re pulling out of dumpsters … We found these body parts and we are still looking for more. These are burned human body parts,” a man picking through a garbage bin told Reuters today. “These are male reproductive organs.”

And a video posted online shows corpses littering the street of Douma, Reuters reported last week.

A British NGO, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, also released a report last Saturday on the grave situation in Douma. A 10-day government assault on Douma, which has been battleground for dissent against regime forces, has left dozens of citizens dead, the Associated Press reported.

Despite the dire news, the rebel forces are still having some success fighting back. At Syria’s northewest border with Turkey, Syrian rebels now control large swatchs of territory and are getting more powerful weapons, GlobalPost reported today. And GlobalPost reporters saw dozens of burned out tanks littering the road in Aleppo, Syria’s largest cit

       Recovering Bodies from Basements in Douma | July 04 2012

Reuters published this minutes ago:

Trail of carnage in trash bins of Damascus suburb
By Erika Solomon BEIRUT | Wed Jul 4, 2012 12:07pm EDT

(Reuters) - Syrians in the city of Douma have recovered mutilated corpses and sifted through trash for body parts hacked off by death squads who swept through anti-government districts after the army drove out rebel fighters, activists said on Wednesday.

Video shot by opponents of President Bashar al-Assad in the city about 15 km (10 miles) north of Damascus on Tuesday displayed gory scenes in homes they said had been overrun by pro-government "shabbiha" paramilitary gangs, after army shelling over the weekend forced rebel fighters to retreat.

The state news agency SANA, reporting on a ministerial tour of Douma, painted a totally different picture which made no mention of killing or death. It did say that essential services had been damaged and that many Douma citizens had fled to the countryside to escape "terrorism".

"Minister of Health Wael al-Halqi stressed that the Ministry and Damascus Countryside Health Directorate are working hard to rehabilitate Douma Hospital to resume provision of medical services to the people in Douma and its surroundings after its equipment was sabotaged by the armed terrorist groups," it said.

Given obstacles to independent media coverage in Syria, there was no way of verifying the authenticity of the activist video or the information conveyed. One resident named Ziad told Reuters by telephone that 90 percent of Douma citizens had fled the city of around 110,000 inhabitants.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it had stepped up humanitarian work in Douma, delivering a month's food supplies to 118 families there, enough for some 600 people, ICRC spokesman Bijan Farnoudi told Reuters in Geneva.

SANA published photographs of well-dressed officials touring tidy streets. Activist video, by contrast showed what it said was the aftermath of carnage by feared militiamen.

"These are pieces of our children we're pulling out of dumpsters ... We found these body parts and we are still looking for more. These are burned human body parts," said a man picking through an overturned garbage bin.

"These are male reproductive organs," he said.

Video clips showed rotting corpses lying in dried pools of blood in dark hallways, their faces covered with flies. One showed a woman and her child prone in a living room. The activist narrating the video said they had been stabbed.

A third video displayed pieces of charred flesh which activists said were severed genitals.

"There was more here yesterday," said a man wearing plastic gloves. "But the dogs were taking them."

FOOD BASKETS

Activists said there were explosions and clashes in several suburbs of the capital Damascus at dawn. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported heavy fighting in the town of Jaramana in an area near a branch of Air Force Intelligence, one of the most feared units of the secret police.

There was no information on casualties and initial attempts to contact residents of Jaramana by mobile telephone failed.

The observatory said two people were killed by shelling in the southern province of Deraa, where the revolt against Assad began 16 months ago. Opposition leaders and Western governments say over 15,000 people have been killed. The government says "terrorist gangs" have killed several thousand troops and police.

In the northern province of Idlib, activists said four rebels were killed overnight in a security forces ambush.

SANA quoted the health minister as saying that the emergency and outpatient clinics in Douma would be back into service quickly while other services would be restored gradually.

The ministry would provide free health services to "those who were forced to move to another province due to the current circumstances and terrorist acts in their provinces", it said.

Officials had also "inspected the situation of the service facilities and the ongoing rehabilitation and maintenance works for the electricity, water and telephone departments".

The water supply was back to normal and the electricity network was being repaired, the agency added.

Food baskets were to be distributed during the day to needy residents, SANA quoted the minister as saying. He called on the residents of Douma to return to their homes "since the city is now safe and all the necessary services have been restored".

"If the government lets them back the rebels will move on to another area to fight," said Douma resident Ziad. "If not they'll do to Douma what they did to Homs," he added, referring to the central city which has seen prolonged urban war.

(Additional reporting by Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva. Writing by Douglas Hamilton.; Editing by Diana Abdallah)

              Bringing out the dead in Douma | June 29, 2012

               Bringing out the dead in Douma | July 2, 2012

The Iranian Press TV lives in the same alternate universe as the Syrian state SANA when it comes to reporting these events:

Syrian forces retake control of Damascus suburb of Douma

Syrian forces have retaken control of the Damascus suburb of Douma, inflicting heavy casualties on armed groups fighting against the government, Press TV has learnt.

According to Syrian authorities, a large number of gunmen have been killed and many others injured during the days-long military operation to clear the city of the rebels.

Many terrorists were also arrested and a number of others were forced to flee. Some reports suggest that most of the militants operating in Douma were from different Arab nations.

         A Mother and child found massacred and bloated in Douma | July 3, 2012

Ugarit News had an update on the situation today:

Fifteen victims were reported in Douma and Misraba, including a six years old child and two women. The town of Misraba witnessed today a new massacre as Al-Assad forces slaughtered and killed in summary execution ten civilians, three of them belong to the same family. Activists in Douma continued to recover the massacres’ victims who were killed in basements or buried under the rubble.

Security forces launched warrantless detention raid, mainly in Madyara, in search for activists and detained dozens of peaceful civilians. The regime military continued to bombard Al-Eb district in Douma and the farms in Arrihan. Consequently, hundreds of homes were destroyed or cached on fire and dozens of families left their homes in search of safe refuge in fear of new massacres.

Here are my related diaries on Syria:
BREAKING: Incredible mass rally in Aleppo, Syria today!
BREAKING: HRW releases torture report on Syria
BREAKING: Syrian General defects with 293 to Turkey
BREAKING: Items not in the MSM on Syria
My response to Phyllis Bennis: Where is the non-violent opposition in Syria?
BREAKING: Syrian Air Force attacks Douma, 10m from Damascus, thousands flee
BREAKING: As Syria Burns, UN Blows More Smoke
BREAKING: Kofi Annan to propose Syrian unity gov't sans Assad!
BREAKING: Douma, Syria under massive attack, another massacre feared
BREAKING: Another mass defection from Syrian army
BREAKING: #NATO says No War in #Syria shoot down of #Turkey jet
NATO meetup tomorrow as more defect from Syria
BREAKING: Turkey calls for NATO consult on downing of jet by Syria
BREAKING: Senior Syrian Officers Defect
UPDATED: Russia reported to be preparing to evacuate from Syria
BREAKING: Syria fighter pilot defects
BREAKING: Britain stops Russian ship carrying attack helicopters for Syria
BREAKING: Russian troops headed to Syria
Qaddafi forces Strike Back in Libya
BREAKING: UN suspends mission in Syria
Libya & Syria - two videos - no comment
BREAKING: Russia denies supplying Syria with NEW attack helicopters
Syrian people rise up against the massacre
Another "Houla style" massacre in Syria
Fake Houla Massacre Photo: Was the BBC set up?
Idlib, Syria protest today on anniversary of Kent State killings
BREAKING: Massive protests in Syria following Friday pray
Syria is bleeding
Syria: Ceasefire faltering as mass protests breakout

8:27 PM PT: FSA Strikes Back, taking out one of Asssad.s tanks Douma | Damascus suburb | July 4, 2012


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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

    by Clay Claiborne on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 12:09:09 PM PDT

  •  Clay I keep on telling you that there are no good (10+ / 0-)

    guys in this fight. It is a civil-unrest between bad and bad and civilians are the victims. You keep on coming here to promote a neoconservative outlook.

    Please read this article:

    Assad’s regime, Syrian rebels both committed war crimes: U.N. official
    http://english.alarabiya.net/...
    Let me quote from it a little:
    The Syrian government and opposition are carrying out “serious” new rights violations including attacks on hospitals, United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay said after briefing the U.N. Security Council on Monday.
    If you really want peace in that country then you must advocate for stopping the flow of weapons to both sides because that's the real problem in regards to civilian deaths:
    The U.N. official also said that both the government and the rebels are receiving more and more weapons, which is fueling violence in a 16-month conflict against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    She said both sides appear to have committed war crimes.

    The United Nations has said the violence has killed more than 10,000 people, while activist groups have put the death toll at more than 15,000.

    After advocating this you must then advocate for a peaceful settlement to the conflict. Not foreign-military intervention.
    •  Yup (5+ / 0-)

      his determination to paint the UN as villains at every turn is a huge give away. SOP for Neocons.

      •  Neocon (1+ / 0-)
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        Zornorph

          Yrs. ago that term became a less than adequate descriptor of a political tendency, except when used to indicate folks who really have gravitated into a rightist militaristic stance from a previous alignment of the socialist or social democratic left. Clay retains his leftist credentials. Those who align with despotic regimes ought to examine their own commitments.

      •  Are Neocons the only people critical of the UN? (2+ / 0-)
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        Zornorph, glorificus

        Or is your definition of "neocon", "anyone who is critical of the UN"?

        More to the point, do you think that if you can somehow discredit or denigrate me, the massacre I have presented as happening in Douma somehow didn't happen?

        Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

        by Clay Claiborne on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 04:50:58 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  the massacre in Douma is Assad's doing (2+ / 0-)
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      Jackson L Haveck, glorificus

      Only he had the artillery to shell the city and the air force to bomb the city. Only he had the helicopter gunships that fly over the city still.

      There are plenty of videos on the Internet of his shabiha coming in their 4x4s in convoys with the army tanks and there is all this testimony from survivors as it happened about who did this.

      Yes there were FSA fighters and they did what they could to defend the people. I understand they took out 43 of Assad's goons, but don't you dare try to portray Doama as a fight between the Syrian Army and "armed terrorist gangs." It was not, it was a savage attack by Assad on a city that had long been a stronghold of opposition to him.

      Yes, I want the rebels to have more and better weapons. If I could blot Assad's killer helicopters out of the sky and wipe out his tanks, I would do it myself.

      Do you seriously think that if the soldiers that left his army went home instead of joining the FSA and fighting him that he would stop his slaughter?  

      Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

      by Clay Claiborne on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 02:48:52 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  The problem Clay (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Pluto, for 6 too

        is that the rebels are using their weapons to target Syrian civilians. Read HRW report:

        Armed rebels fighting the regime of Syria's Bashar al-Assad have committed "serious human rights abuses," an influential human rights watchdog said Tuesday.

        In an open letter to leaders of the opposition, Human Rights Watch cites "increasing evidence" of kidnappings, torture and executions and calls on those forces "to refrain from engaging in these unlawful practices."
        http://articles.cnn.com/...

        Also it seems they may have gotten hold of chemical weapons and are planning to use it against civilians:
        The armed Syrian opposition has got their hands on chemical weapons, which they acquired from Libya, a media report claims. They allegedly plan to use it against civilians and pin the atrocity on the Bashar al-Assad regime.
        http://www.rt.com/...
        •  You cite Russia Today about what the rebels might (4+ / 0-)

          have or might do?

          You do realize that those are Russian made tanks and Russian made guns shooting ammunition that has no doubt been resupplied by Russia in the last 15 months, and Russian helicopters that are delivering death from above?

          RT is not exactly a trusted source when it comes to facts about Syria. They back Assad and his lies all the way.

          I have never heard RT call out Assad for anything. He's an angel according to RT.

          Also the "rebels" are not targeting civilians and that's not what the HRW report says. Only Assad is trying to wipe out civilians.

          Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

          by Clay Claiborne on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 04:14:45 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  That's false (1+ / 0-)
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            for 6 too

            First you commit a logic fallacy known as the ad hominem. You attack the messenger without refuting the message. You don't attack the arguments on its merits i.e., trying to debunk whether or not the statement is true you attack the entity making the statement.

            Now on to HRW. What you say is false. Here are the exact words:

            Abuses of this nature, including torture, taking of hostages, and executions by armed opposition members, have also been documented by the UN-mandated Commission of Inquiry in its February 2012 report. In addition to concluding that armed members of the opposition have committed gross human rights abuses, the Commission’s report also references and appends documentation received from the Syrian government indicating that armed opposition members have kidnapped, killed, and disappeared civilians and security force members and displaced civilians.
            http://www.hrw.org/...
    •  You say "there are no good guys in this fight" (2+ / 0-)
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      Jackson L Haveck, glorificus

      Now explain to me why the Syrian soldiers who refused to kill Syrian civilians and instead formed up the FSA to defend those civilians shouldn't be considered good guys.

        Another Syrian soldier declares his independence July 4th, 2012

      Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

      by Clay Claiborne on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 04:44:20 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Clearly, this is going to be different... (2+ / 0-)
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    for 6 too, Jackson L Haveck

    ...than Egypt, Tunisia or Libya.

    The European Debt Crisis alone is enough to forestall any thought of "official" Western intervention. This may be the first time that the Global Financial Elites will bankroll the lion's share of "Western" response to this, and it could very negatively complicate an already horribly complicated situation.

    Imagine Sheldon Adelson in "a conversation of plausible options" with Erik Prince....

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 12:46:07 PM PDT

  •  Looks like Fallujah . . . (6+ / 0-)

    or Gaza after "Operation Cast Lead".

    Maybe that's when it became "Whenever" ? ? ?

    Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

    by Deward Hastings on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 01:00:28 PM PDT

    •  I don't think Fallujah became Whenever (2+ / 0-)
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      Jackson L Haveck, glorificus

      In this important regard, at the time the US carried out it's massacre in Fallujah, the Internet was not so mature, it wasn't livestreamed, no youtube video posted the same day.

      I wrote about Fallujah at the time, in 2010 I wrote Agent Orange in Iraq? here about the aftermath and the coverup.

      It was the probably the most important massacre carried out by US forces since Vietnam. But it was part of the Iraq War and there was a world wide movement popular movement opposing what the US was going in Iraq and I made a very public protest of it at the time, but I don't see much popular opposition to what Assad is doing in Syria outside of the middle east.

      It seems to me that this time when absolute proof of what is really happening is only a click away on the day that is happens [ not just the videos (which could be faked), but the great number of videos immediately (which can't be faked) and now livestream (which can't be faked) ] and because this is happening right now.

      And finally because there are people like you who see this material and know that this is going on now and your first reaction is to bring up earlier massacres to blow this one off.

      Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

      by Clay Claiborne on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 03:18:40 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I don't "blow it off" . . . (4+ / 0-)

        I loath the vile and despicable "Western Powers" and those whose interests they serve who foment and fund this faux "revolution" . . . and are the real cause of this tragedy.  Do you post pictures and point fingers when the dead are a result of bombings in Damascus done by US supported "rebels"?  Where is your "outrage" at all the weapons flowing across the border from Turkey?  What would you have the Syrian Government do?  Let this "covert" invasion go unchallenged?  And just exactly who would that benefit?

        Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

        by Deward Hastings on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 04:53:49 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Libya and Syria: When Anti-Imperialism Goes Wrong (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Clay Claiborne
  •  Al-Nusra extremists still involved (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    for 6 too
    Al-Qaeda Inspired Group Claims Syria Attacks

    An Al-Qaeda-inspired group has claimed responsibility for dozens of attacks across Syria, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.

    The report cited the SITE monitoring group, which tracks jihadist chatter on the Internet and which said the Al-Nusra Front released statements on extremist websites in late June claiming the attacks were to avenge the killings of Syrians by the government.

  •  FSA taking civilians - Syrians killing Syrians (1+ / 0-)
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    for 6 too



  •  This what Sirte looked like after NATO (1+ / 0-)
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    for 6 too
  •  Syria-fake video-Terrorists fabricating videos (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    for 6 too

    http://www.youtube.com/...

    The following shows atrocities from the rebels.

    WARNING: STRONG CONTENTS, PLEASE REFRAIN CHILDREN AND IMPRESSIONABLE PEOPLE
    •  So what can you tell me about the source of (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Jackson L Haveck

      the top video?

      The channel seems to be a complete misinformation operation along the Russian lines with such gems as

      The Completed Destruction & Death of 10000s Civilians in Sirte Libya Libye Libia
      It looks like it was set up a week ago.

      This video clearly is a fake but who made it? Is it only being used to discredit the opposition? It would seem to have no other use.

      I was struck by the fact that the YouTube entry wasn't in Arabic. Every YouTube video I posted above was posted in Arabic and had to be translated to get the description.

      This video is all together a strange bird. What makes you think it proves anything?

      After all, it could have been produced by a propaganda machine (in France probably) working on Assad's behalf that created it for exactly the purpose for which you are using it here. Did you ever think of that?

      Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

      by Clay Claiborne on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 08:19:35 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Sectarian atrocities in Syria (2+ / 0-)
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    for 6 too, protectspice
    The self proclaimed 'Qaqaa Brigade' allied with the 'Free Syrian Army' announces that this man is a 'shabiha' and then executes him in a brutal way while recording on camera. 'Shabiha' actually means 'ghost', and is used by terrorists to designate anyone who supports the government in order to make their killing 'lawful' according to misguided religious principles. The term is used to describe civilians and security alike, men and women, armed or unarmed. The person does not necessarily have to be involved in any armed conflict to be designated a 'shabiha'. They later posted the clip online saying that this man was executed specifically because he was from the offshoot Alawite sect.

    Very Graphic Warning- Brutal Summary Execution Of Government Supporter By Qaqaa Brigade In Deir Al-Zoor

    http://www.liveleak.com/...

    •  This is SANA mis-information (0+ / 0-)

      Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

      by Clay Claiborne on Thu Jul 05, 2012 at 01:30:18 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  There are atrocities from both sides (1+ / 0-)
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        Shawn Russell
        Amnesty International has been receiving increasing numbers of reports of serious abuses, including possible war crimes by some members of armed opposition groups, including the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

        Amnesty International is looking into reports that members of armed opposition groups have been responsible for summary executions of captured members of the security forces and other unlawful killings, abductions of civilians, torture and other ill-treatment, use of children in hostilities and the reckless use and storage of arms.

        In situations of armed conflict, all parties, including armed opposition groups, are legally bound by the rules of international humanitarian law (IHL). Serious violations of IHL are war crimes.

        “We have documented crimes against humanity taking place in Syria since early on in the government’s crackdown last year, and with intensified fighting between state forces and armed opposition groups in recent months, there is increasing evidence of war crimes being carried out,” said Ann Harrison.

        “If the UN Security Council refers the situation in Syria to the ICC, those responsible for the most serious crimes under international law on both sides could face investigation and prosecution.”

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