UN demands accountability for Syria’s attacks in Douma

United Nations official says Syrian regime must be held accountable for Sunday’s air raids on marketplace in Damascus suburb of Douma that killed 112 people and wounded 550 others

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

People inspect a site hit by what activists said were air strikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al Assad on a marketplace in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria August 16

The UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman told the Security Council on Wednesday that the Syrian regime should be held accountable for Sunday's deadly attacks which targeted a market place in a suburb of Damascus province, the capital of Syria.

Syrian warplane on Sunday attacked on a busy market marketplace in opposition-held area in Douma neighbourhood in two-year besieged Eastern Ghouta, killed 112 people and wounded 550 others, according to Human Rights Watch.  

"This would be yet one more crime for which those responsible must be held accountable", Feltman added.

On Tuesday, Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in Geneva that the attacks by the Syrian regime on Douma could “constitute a war crime.”

The war in Syria started in 2011 in the form of anti-government demonstrations, but descended into a civil war between five main factions - the regime, the opposition, Al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, ISIS, and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia.

The UN has said that some 250,000 people have been killed and an estimated 7.6 million are internally displaced. More than 5.4 million others have fled the country into nieghbouring Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, as well as Europe.

The Human Rights Watch said that the the UN Security Council should impose an arms embargo on the Syrian regime, following the government’s repeated air attacks on Douma.


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