Syria inquiry chief laments "disastrous" civilian death toll

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Paulo Pinheiro, Chairperson of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, expressed alarm at civilian casualties from aerial attacks preceding opposition fighters’ assault on Raqqa. Photo: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Conflict in Syria continues to rage with "disastrous consequences" for civilians who continue to bear the brunt of the six-year war, a leading rights investigator said on Wednesday.

In an update to the Human Rights Council, Paulo Pinheiro, Chair of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, appealed to the warring parties to stop fighting and get back to the negotiating table.

Since clashes between government forces and opposition militia began in 2012, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and millions have been uprooted from their homes.

Daniel Johnson in Geneva has more.

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