Syrian crisis being fuelled by arms sales

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Syrian residents whose homes were destroyed by shelling

The sale of ammunition to the Syrian government and opposition forces is only helping to prolong the conflict according to the UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay.

Addressing the UN Human Rights Council, Ms Pillay said the worsening security situation is preventing humanitarian workers from providing assistance to over 2.5 million Syrians affected by the crisis.

She said the indiscriminate shelling of populated areas by government forces and cases of extrajudicial execution and torture by rebel groups may amount to war crimes.

"Corroborated accounts have demonstrated time and time again that Government forces commit violations as part of a widespread or systematic attack against the Syrian civilian population. Furthermore, the breadth and patterns of attacks by military and security forces on civilians and the widespread destruction of property indicate that the Government had authorized or at least had knowledge of these attacks. Opposition forces should be under no illusion that they will be immune from prosecution.

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