#UN probes allegations of #Syria rebel war crimes

syrianpeopleExperts are investigating claim that fighters killed dozens of Syrian soldiers in village near Aleppo after seizing it.

United Nations experts are investigating allegations that rebels killed dozens of Syrian soldiers in a village near Aleppo after they captured it from government troops, an incident that could amount to a war crime, the world body’s human rights chief said.

Navi Pillay on Friday said in a statement that a UN team in the region is looking into reports about killings that followed the battle in Khan al-Assal in July.

Pillay said the team has examined activists’ videos and collected accounts from people in Aleppo on an incident that she called “deeply shocking”.

While abuses by troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have been systematic and widespread throughout the two-year conflict, human rights groups have said the frequency and scale of rebel abuses also has increased in recent months.

Specific allegations against opposition fighters include claims that rebels have routinely killed captured soldiers and suspected regime informers.

Rebels say any such violations are condemned and an unfortunate result of the government crackdown.

Opposition fighters in recent weeks have suffered major setbacks on the battlefield. Infighting among various armed groups also has plagued rebel ranks, weakening the opposition’s campaign against Assad’s rule.

The capturing of Khan al-Assal on July 21 was overshadowed by activists’ claims that rebels had killed 150 government soldiers after taking the village.

Some of the soldiers who were killed had surrendered to the rebels, the Britain-based Observatory for Human Rights reported.

Syrian state media reported that rebels killed 123 “civilians and military personnel” in Khan al-Assal.

In a statement issued in Geneva, Pillay said two of the videos the UN team reviewed apparently show government soldiers being ordered to lie on the ground, while another shows several bodies scattered along a wall and a number of bodies at an adjacent site.

Preliminary findings of the UN probe also suggests that armed opposition groups, in one incident documented by video, executed at least 30 individuals, the majority of whom appeared to be soldiers, Pillay said.

“These images, if verified, suggest that executions were committed in Khan Al-Assal,” Pillay said. She called for a “thorough independent investigation to establish whether war crimes have been committed”.

She also warned that opposition forces “should not think they are immune from prosecution”.

Syria’s main opposition bloc last week condemned the killings and blamed the killings on “armed groups” not affiliated with the Western-backed Syrian National Coalition. The umbrella group of opposition fighters is known as the Free Syrian Army.

In a statement last week, Jabhat al-Nusra confirmed its fighters had participated in the battle for Khan al-Assal.

The group has not claimed responsibility for the soldiers’ killings, though it did confirm in a statement last week that 150 soldiers, pro-government gunmen and Shia fighters were killed in Khan al-Assal.

More than 100,000 people have been killed since March 2011 when crisis started with largely peaceful protests against Assad’s rule. It turned into civil war after opposition supporters took up arms to fight a brutal government crackdown on dissent.

Millions have been fled their homes, with some seeking shelter in more peaceful parts of Syria and more than a million fled into neighbouring countries.

Source: Aljazeera/AP

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3 thoughts on “#UN probes allegations of #Syria rebel war crimes

  1. Are there any men or women who have delivered reasonable solutions to this terrible situation in Syria? Who are the people behind each “side” of this conflict, and what are the real reasons that each group is taking the actions that they are taking? Until people know the root cause of the Syrian civil war there is no way to come up with a solution or solutions to end the war. Given the lack of information and analysis regarding this heart-breaking situation, where the most human suffering on Earth is occurring now, can someone please help me understand what this war is really all about?
    Thank you,
    Jerry

  2. ROTHSCHILDS CONTROL THE SAUDIS AND AL QAEDA

    ” On December 2, after a long lull, Navanethem «Navi» Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, lashed out against Bashar Assad personally. The United Nations human rights chief said evidence collected during Syria’s civil war implicates president Bashar al-Assad in war crimes. «They point to the fact that the evidence indicates responsibility at the highest level of government, including the head of state», Ms. Pillay told a news conference. «I reiterate my call to all member states to refer the situation to the ICC», she said. (2) United Nations Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos joined in saying 250 thousand Syrians are cut off from aid in besieged communities across Syria while perhaps some 2.5 million are in hard- to-reach areas – places that aid workers have been able to reach but not frequently enough to make any real headway against the overall needs, she added. (3)
    Finally on December 3 Great Britain transmitted to the Security Council a letter by the so-called «Syria National Coalition» which, elated by Navi Pillay’s statements, reiterated the demand to take tough measures against «the Assad’s regime» by the United Nations Security Council. In the letter to Ban Ki-Moon, obtained by The Associated Press, the coalition’s U.N. representative, Najib Ghadbian, urged the U.N. team to «act without delay to investigate reported incidents of chemical weapons use throughout this area». He insisted the Syria’s situation be referred to the International Criminal Court. (4) ”
    http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2013/12/12/syria-strike-probability-increases-as-chemical-disarmament-proceeds.html

    ” Chuck Hagel announced during the weekend forum that the US has no intention of scaling back its military presence (read: arms sales) in the Persian Gulf despite the recent diplomatic detente with Iran. «Diplomacy, must be backed up with military power,» Hagel told delegates. The Pentagon chief also disclosed that the US was going ahead with the sale of 15,000 anti-tank missiles to Saudi Arabia worth $1 billion. These missiles will probably end up in the hands of Al Qaeda militants waging a war of terror against Syria for the Western-backed objective of regime change in that country. Ironically, and ludicrously, the British Foreign Secretary William Hague warned delegates that «extremists» operating in Syria (with the covert support of the US, Britain and Saudi Arabia among others) present a grave security threat to the Middle East region and Europe.” http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2013/12/09/from-bahrain-to-ukraine-hail-western-salesmen-subversion-and-deception.html
    ” Al-Massari is allied with the well-known Saudi expatriate Osama bin Laden, who, to this day, maintains a residence in the wealthy London suburb of Wembly. And London is the headquarters of bin Laden’s Advise and Reform Commission, run by the London-based Khalid al-Fawwaz.
    Bin Laden has been given regular access to BBC and a variety of major British newspapers, to spread his calls for jihad against the United States. Thus, in July 1996, bin Laden told the London Independent, “What happened in Khobar [the U.S. Army barracks that was bombed on June 25] is a clear proof of the enormous rage of the Saudi population against them. Resistance against America will spread in many places through Muslim lands.”
    http://www.larouchepub.com/lar/2000/terror_memo_2703.html
    ( Bandar Threatens U.S. and Foreign Journalists Who Exposed Syrian Rebel Role in Chemical Attack http://larouchepac.com/node/28248 )
    ( Did Saudi Prince Bandar Give Chemical Weapons to the Syrian Opposition? http://larouchepac.com/node/27919 )
    http://larouchepac.com/node/28097 http://larouchepac.com/node/28287
    http://syriathetruth.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/u-s-military-and-intelligence-officials-to-obama-assad-not-responsible-for-chemical-attack-2/
    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/polio-has-broken-out-in-syria-and-20-million-children-are-to-be-vaccinated-8931389.html

    CHUCK HAGEL IS A MAN OF DEUTSCHE BANK.
    chuck hagel ” serves on the board of directors of Chevron Corporation, Deutsche Bank’s Americas Advisory Board, …..” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Hagel
    ALSO THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IS CONTROLLED BY DEUTSCHE BANK.
    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/maryriddell/100033519/with-bankers-as-his-friends-david-cameron-needs-no-enemies/
    http://www.mssociety.org.uk/forum/everyday-living/united-kingdom-government-denounced-crimes-against-disabled-people-internation

    WHO CONTROLS DEUTSCHE BANK ?
    WE CAN NOTICE RELATIONS AMONG LORD JACOB ROTHSCHILD AND DEUTSCHE BANK. https://wikispooks.com/ISGP/organisations/introduction/PEHI_Jacob_de_Rothschild_bio.htm
    DAVID HAYSEY ” HEAD OF PUBLIC EQUITIES AT RIT CAPITAL PARTNERS ” AND IN THE PAST ” DIRECTOR AT J ROTHSCHILD CAPITAL MANAGEMENT ” HAS BEEN ” MANAGING DIRECTOR AT DEUTSCHE BANK ” http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/david-haysey/1b/470/bb3
    THERE ARE ALSO LINKS AMONG EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD AND DEUTSCHE BANK. https://wikispooks.com/ISGP/organisations/introduction/PEHI_Evelyn_de_Rothschild_bio.htm
    LYNN FORESTER DE ROTHSCHILD, THE WIFE OF EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD, IS A DIRECTOR OF DEUTSCHE BANK.
    ” In addition, she serves as a Trustee of the ERANDA Foundation (a Rothschild family foundation), the Outward Bound Trust, the Alfred Herrhausen Society of International Dialogue of Deutsche Bank and the Global Commercial Microfinance Consortium Advisory Board of Deutsche Bank. ”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynn_Forester_de_Rothschild
    DEUTSCHE BANK IS CONNECTED ALSO WITH THE EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD OWNED BY BENJAMIN DE ROTHSCHILD
    ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_de_Rothschild ) AND BY HIS WIFE ARIANE DE ROTHSCHILD ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariane_de_Rothschild ). http://in.linkedin.com/pub/nicolas-hindi/31/912/265
    http://www.lejdd.fr/Economie/Images/Les-plus-grosses-fortunes-de-France/Benjamin-de-Rothschild-206941
    ” Benjamin de Rothschild, only son of the late Edmond de Rothschild, was a classic case of great expectations gone astray. Despite being groomed for greatness from a young age, as a teenager he skipped university and instead headed for Los Angeles with dreams of being a film producer. In LA he started taking drugs, and ended up on heroin. Meanwhile, he failed to make it into Hollywood’s charmed circle and bombed as a film-maker. ”
    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/poor-little-rich-boys-1097744.html

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waddesdonhttp://www.waddesdon.org.uk/ http://www.thefullwiki.org/Waddesdon_Manor http://www.thefullwiki.org/Ascott_House http://www.breathingenglishair.blogspot.fr/2012/04/ascott-house-buckinghamshire.html http://wikimapia.org/6825620/fr/Chateau-de-Pregny http://www.panoramio.com/photo/77169200

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