UN rights panel slams civilian attacks in Syria; calls for accountability


UNITED NATIONS, May 11 (APP): A United Nations-mandated human rights inquiry Wednesday called on all parties to cease unlawful attacks on civilian targets and return to a full cessation of hostilities.
“These incidents demonstrate the undeniable fact that this conflict
has repeatedly exacted its heaviest toll on civilians,” Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry
on the Syrian Arab Republic, said in a press statement issued Wednesday by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

“This flagrant disregard for international humanitarian law is not
new, but rather is the continuation of a well-established trend of unlawfully attacking medical sites and personnel, places of refuge, and infrastructure necessary for civilian life,” he stressed.