UN officials link US, Syrian & Russian forces to war crimes Sep 12, 2019 0 242 12345 ReutersGENEVAAir strikes by US-led coalition forces in Syria have killed or wounded many civilians, indicating that required precautions were ignored and war crimes may have been committed, United Nations investigators said on Wednesday.Syrian government and allied Russian warplanes are also conducting a deadly campaign that appears to target medical facilities, schools, markets and farmland and which may also amount to war crimes, the report by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria said. The investigators also accused Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, a militant alliance formerly known as Nusra Front that is the dominant armed group in Idlib, of firing rockets indiscriminately and killing civilians. The eight-year-old war has claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands and forced 13 million people from their homes, half of whom have left their shattered homeland.Backed by US-led coalition air power in a fight to oust Islamic State, the Syrian Democratic Forces, which include Kurdish fighters, retook the group’s last major stronghold of Hajin in eastern Syria in late December.The coalition’s Al-Jazeera Storm operation resulted in a high number of civilian casualties, including in a series of strikes on Jan 3 in Sha’fah, south of Hajin, that killed 16 civilians including 12 children, the UN report said.“The Commission finds that there are reasonable grounds to believe that international coalition forces may not have directed their attacks at a specific military objective, or failed to do so with the necessary precaution,” it said.“Launching indiscriminate attacks that result in death or injury to civilians amounts to a war crime in cases in which such attacks are conducted recklessly,” it added. RELATED ARTICLES Mugabe’s body arrives home in a divided Zimbabwe Sep 12, 2019 0 1238 Netanyahu’s West Bank annexation pledge faces widespread condemnation Sep 12, 2019 0 273 Iran denounces ‘US-Israeli plot’ over N-programme Sep 12, 2019 0 1107 Hundreds of displaced children died at Syria’s Al-Hol camp: UN Geneva: At least 390 children have died this year amid the inhumane conditions of the Syrian Al-Hol refugee camp, where 11,000 family members of foreign Islamic State fighters are housed, UN rights investigators .. ‘You will never break our will’, Palestinians say to Netanyahu West Bank: Palestinians tilling the fertile Jordan Valley said on Wednesday they have been rooted for generations to the West Bank land that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to annex, and they vowed never .. Israel strikes Hamas after new Gaza rocket fire: Army AFP Jerusalem Several rockets were fired Wednesday from the Gaza Strip at Israel, which responded by striking Hamas military positions in the enclave, the Israeli army said. The afternoon exchange came a day after .. Sudan’s ruling council, rebel leaders agree on peace talks roadmap JUBA: Sudan’s ruling council and rebel leaders have agreed on a roadmap for peace talks that are expected to begin in October and last about two months, officials from both sides said on Wednesday. The council, a .. Nigerian tribunal rejects bid to overturn Buhari’s election ABUJA: A Nigerian election tribunal on Wednesday rejected a bid by the main opposition candidate to overturn the February presidential election. The widely expected defeat for opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar .. S Sudan rivals to keep to deadline for unity govt Juba: South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar on Wednesday vowed to stick to a November deadline for creating a long-delayed power-sharing government, during a rare meeting in the capital Juba. .. China envoy raps Germany over meeting with HK activist BERLIN: A meeting between Germany’s foreign minister and Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong will damage its relations with China, Beijing’s ambassador to Berlin said on Wednesday in an unusually direct verbal attack on an .. Kim supervised test of ‘super-large’ rocket launcher: N Korea Seoul: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un personally supervised the test-firing of a “super-large” rocket launcher, state media reported on Wednesday. Kim “gave field guidance to the test-fire of [a] super-large ..