High Commissioner calls for investigation into alleged executions

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday called for an investigation to be made into alleged killings by armed groups in Khan Al-Assal, a district in rural Allepo, Syria.

Armed opposition groups allegedly executed dozens of government soldiers captured after a battle in July, according to footage taken by opposition forces that was posted on the internet.

One video apparently shows government soldiers being ordered to lie on the ground, while another shows several bodies scattered along a wall and a number of bodies at an adjacent site.

The High Commissioner said her team in the region was investigating the reports, and had examined the videos and collected accounts from people in Aleppo.

“Based on the analysis by my team to date," she said, "we believe armed opposition groups in one incident – documented by a video – executed at least 30 individuals, the majority of whom appeared to be soldiers.”

Calling the allegation "deeply shocking", the High Commissioner said “There needs to be a thorough independent investigation to establish whether war crimes have been committed. And those responsible for such crimes should be brought to justice.”

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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