Call made for humane treatment of captured Jordanian pilot in Syria

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Stephane Dujarric. UNPHOTO/Jean-Marc Ferré

Captors of the pilot of a Jordanian warplane that crashed in northern Syria have been urged to treat him in accordance with international humanitarian law.

The call was made by the UN Secretary-General on Wednesday, as Islamic State (IS) militants claimed that they had shot down the plane with a heat-seeking missile near the city of Raqqa.

A coalition led by the United States, which includes four Arab states, began air strikes against Islamic State militants in September.

Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric expressed the Secretary-General's concern about the captured Jordanian pilot.

"The Secretary-General calls on his captors to treat the pilot in accordance with international humanitarian law. Obviously the Secretary-General is following the situation very closely in the continued armed conflict in Syria and deeply concerned with the continued use of violence across the country including the use of barrel bombs in populated areas." (18")

The Secretary-General reiterated his strong condemnation of the indiscriminate use of such weapons against civilians, Stephane Dujarric added.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1'14"

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