Terrorist groups prevent civilians leaving Aleppo, Syria

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A child standing amid debris on a street in Aleppo. Photo: OCHA/Romenzi

Terrorist groups and some opposition fighters in the embattled city of Aleppo are preventing civilians from leaving, according to new allegations received by a UN-backed commission looking into human rights violations in Syria.

The battle for the control of Aleppo is reportedly coming to an end after four and a half years of fighting which has left much of the eastern part of the city in ruins.

Andita Listyarini reports.

On Tuesday as the battle for Aleppo drew to a close, the UN said it had received reports of civilians, including women and children, in four neighbourhoods being rounded up and executed.

It said at total of 82 civilians were killed by pro-government forces.

The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic said in a statement on Wednesday that "alongside a pattern of indiscriminate attacks" rebels were preventing civilians from leaving and were embedding themselves within the local population, and in the process heightening the risk that they would be killed or injured.

The Commission said the Syrian Government and allied forces now exercise effective control over eastern Aleppo, and bear the primary responsibility for preventing such violations, including possible acts of reprisal.

It urged army commanders to ensure the discipline of their troops, as well as holding transgressors to account.

The Commission underscored as imperative the need for safe passage of civilians from the east of Aleppo.

Andita Listyarini, United Nations.

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