Friday, January 15, 2016

UN chief warns Syrian starvation a war crime

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned that the use of starvation as a weapon in Syria amounts to a war crime after the second international convoy arrived to the famine-struck town of Madaya to deliver humanitarian aid.

Ban said on Thursday residents in the rebel-held town, which has been under siege by government troops for several months, were in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.

"Let me be clear," Ban told reporters, "the use of starvation as a weapon of war is a war crime.

"All sides, including the Syrian government which has the primary responsibility to protect Syrians, are committing this and other atrocious acts prohibited under international humanitarian law," he added......

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