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UN: All Sides Responsible For Atrocities In Syria

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March 05, 2014 AT 8:33 AM
U.N. human rights investigators said on Wednesday that all sides in Syria's civil war are using shelling and siege tactics to punish and starve civilians, and world powers bear responsibility for allowing such war crimes to persist. The independent investigators, presenting their latest report documenting atrocities in Syria, called again on the U.N. Security Council to refer grave violations of the rules of war to the International Criminal Court for prosecution. More than 140,000 have been killed in the conflict, which enters its fourth year next week. 6.5 million people are uprooted within Syria, and 2.5 million refugees have fled abroad--primarily to neighboring Lebanon.