Amnesty report warns of crime against humanity in Syria

Amnesty International says that the ‘surrender or starve’ campaign being waged by the Syrian government against its civilians is a crime against humanity.

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    Amnesty International says the Syrian government's ‘surrender or starve’ campaign targeting civilians constitutes a crime against humanity.

    It's calling for an end to what it calls ‘the dark stain on the world's conscience’.

    A new report says government forces surrounded and bombed densely-populated, opposition-controlled areas. Thousands of people were given an ultimatum to abandon their homes or die.

    The report condemns not only the Syrian government but also some armed opposition groups. It says both restricted and blocked humanitarian help.

    Amnesty is asking for an independent body to investigate and prosecute those responsible.

    Al Jazeera's Osama Bin Javaid reports from the Turkish town of Gaziantep, close to the border with Syria.

     

    Warning: some viewers may find some images disturbing.


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