UN warns of war crimes over Aleppo carnage


UNITED NATIONS, United States: Two top UN officials told the Security Council Wednesday that those responsible for hospital attacks and starvation sieges in Syria’s frontline city of Aleppo should face trial for war crimes. The 15-member council met to discuss the crisis in Aleppo just as the United States and Russia agreed to extend a truce to end nearly two weeks of near-constant attacks in the northern city. “Let me be absolutely clear once again: intentional and direct attacks on hospitals are war crimes,” said the UN’s top political affairs official, Jeffrey Feltman. “Using starvation as a weapon during conflict is a war crime.” Feltman demanded that Syria be referred to the International Criminal Court in The Hague for war crimes prosecutions.


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