UN rights chief condemns rise in civilian casualties in Eastern Ghouta region of Syria

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [official profile], Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, on Wednesday condemned [press release] the rise in civilian casualties in the Eastern Ghouta region of Syria resulting from the recent increase in airstrikes and ground-based attacks by government forces and its allies, highlighting that all parties are “obliged under international law to distinguish between lawful military targets, and civilians and civilian objects.” Zeid also expressed “grave concern” about the situation of an estimated two million people…

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