Amnesty International condemns atrocities in Syrian city of Aleppo

05.05.2015

Amnesty International says Syrian government forces and insurgents have both committed abuses in the contested northern city of Aleppo, but that some of the government's actions amount to crimes against humanity.

The international rights group says the Syrian military's relentless aerial campaign against opposition-held areas of the divided city have caused widespread civilian casualties. It says the indiscriminate nature of the attacks suggests the systematic and deliberate targeting of civilians, which, it says, would constitute a war crime and crime against humanity.

In a report released on Tuesday, Amnesty International says insurgent groups have also committed abuses by using imprecise weapons such as mortars and improvised rockets against government-controlled neighborhoods.

The report also documents the frequent use of torture, arbitrary detention and abduction by both sides of the conflict.   (AP)

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