Bus Attack in Syria A War Crime: UN

TEHRAN (IQNA) – The United Nations said that a deadly attack on a bus convoy carrying people from two Shia-majority villages in the Idlib province amounts to a war crime.

Bus Attack in Syria A War Crime: UN

“We add our voice to the condemnation of the attack
near Rashideen near western rural Aleppo Governorate that hit a convoy carrying
people from the besieged Syrian towns of Kefraya and Foua villages to
government-controlled areas, killing dozens of people. It is an attack which
likely amounts to a war crime,” said a spokesman for the UN High
Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Rupert Colville, on Tuesday.

He added that the UN has still not been able to determine
who was behind the Saturday attack that killed over 100 people and injured many
more, in which a bomber blew up an explosive-laden car.

“We reiterate the High Commissioner’s call for
accountability and the need to refer the situation in Syria to the International
Criminal Court,” he said, Press TV reported.

Colville noted that the OHCHR has been informed that a
number of the civilians injured in the attacks are still missing. “Some are
believed to have been taken by armed opposition groups to opposition-controlled
hospitals in Idleb Governorate… their families are concerned for their safety,”
he said.

Earlier in the day, the UN Security Council also condemned
the attack as a “barbaric and cowardly” action, expressing sympathies and
condolences to the victim’s families.

Bus Attack in Syria A War Crime: UN

In late March, the Syrian government and militant groups
struck a deal that envisaged the transfer of 16,000 people from Foua and
Kefraya in exchange for the evacuation of militants and their families from
al-Zabadani and Madaya towns in the southwestern province of Rif Dimashq.

Residents of Foua and Kefraya were agreed to be transferred
to the outskirts of Aleppo City, the coastal province of Latakia or Damascus,
while the gunmen and their families would leave for Idlib City.


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