Syrian government forces and allied militia have committed crimes against humanity, UN rights investigators concluded on Wednesday. Their report also said rebel fighters had committed war crimes but on a lesser scale to government abuses.
REUTERS - Syrian government forces and allied shabbiha militia have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder and torture in what appears to be state-directed policy, U.N. human rights investigators said on Wednesday.
Gun battle erupts near government HQ
Activists say Syrian troops have clashed with rebels near the government headquarters and Iranian embassy in the capital Damascus.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights had no immediate
word on casualties in Wednesday's clashes.
Maath al-Shami, an activist based in the area, said smoke could be seen billowing from behind the Iranian embassy building, which is under
construction. The present Iranian embassy building and the Cabinet headquarters are also nearby, he said.
``We heard shooting and explosions for a while,'' said al-Shamir. (AP)
Date created : 2012-08-15