Attacks on civilians in Syria "no longer have the power to shock" says UN humanitarian chief

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Valerie Amos. UN Photo/Violaine Martin

Brutal violence and indiscriminate attacks against civilians in Syria are no longer shocking, according to the United Nations humanitarian chief.

Valerie Amos was reacting to two car bombs that exploded in the central Syrian city of Homs on Wednesday which killed over 20 people and wounded more than 100 others, including women and children.

According to reports, two volunteers from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent were injured when the second bomb exploded as they arrived in an ambulance to treat people hurt in the first blast.

Jens Laerke is Spokesperson for the UN humanitarian chief.

"She says that brutal violence and indiscriminate attacks on ordinary people have been taking place for more than three years in Syria and no longer have the power to shock. But attacks on civilians are war crimes and may also amount to crimes against humanity. The use of car bombs, barrel bombs, aerial bombardment and mortars in residential areas, with no distinction between military targets and civilians, are violations of International Humanitarian Law." (24")

Ms. Amos said the use of siege as a weapon of war, the recruitment of children for combat, and the subjection of women and girls to violence are abhorrent and must end immediately.

She added that wars have rules and all parties to the conflict need to commit now to upholding international humanitarian law.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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