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UN: Syrian gov't, oppositions both committed war crimes

(Xinhua)

08:21, August 16, 2012

GENEVA, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry (CoI) on Syria released its final report Wednesday which concluded that Syrian government forces and anti-government groups both responsible for war crimes.

"Government forces and the (pro-government militia) Shabbiha had committed the crimes against humanity of murder and of torture, war crimes and gross violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law," said the report which will be presented to the upcoming 21st session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on Sept. 17.

Government forces and Shabbiha members were also held responsible for the killings in Houla on May 25, according to the report.

The report also said that war crimes, including murder, extrajudicial killings and torture, were perpetrated by anti-government armed groups.

However, "the violations and abuses committed by anti-government armed groups did not reach the gravity, frequency and scale of those committed by government forces and the Shabbiha," it said.
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