UN experts call on Syria warring parties to "stop the use of civilian suffering as method of war"

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The deprivation of basic necessities of life and the denial of humanitarian relief as a method of war being used by all parties to the Syrian conflict must cease "immediately".

The call has come from a group of United Nations independent experts on the human rights to food, health, housing, water and sanitation, and on summary executions and torture.

The indiscriminate shelling of civilians enforced disappearances and executions are other horrors of the war in Syria that could amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes, the experts warn.

The UN estimates that 9.3 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

Some 6.5 million people live as internally displaced within the country, having fled their homes and left behind their sources of livelihood.

More than 6 million are in critical need of sustained food assistance.

The group of UN experts demand that all sides to the Syrian conflict stop the use of civilian suffering as a method of war.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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