Syrians suffering consequences of "flagrant" disregard for human rights

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Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

A "flagrant" disregard for international human rights and humanitarian law in Syria has led to "tremendous" suffering for civilians, according to the United Nations human rights chief.

Navi Pillay on Wednesday blamed both the Syrian government and some armed groups for causing great hardships to civilians living in Aleppo.

She said they have experienced terrifying conditions, with intensified shelling and aerial attacks over the past six months.

These strikes, Ms Pillay noted, have repeatedly damaged essential infrastructure, including their water systems.

Some neighbourhoods have reportedly not had access to potable water in five months.

Recent reports also indicate that the water supplies in Aleppo city were deliberately cut by the Jabhat al-Nusra armed group for several days this month.

Ms Pillay reminded warring parties in Syria that the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation is an essential human right and urged them to immediately stop attacks against civilians.

Sophie Outhwaite, United Nations.

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