UN RIGHTS CHIEF EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER SITUATION IN SYRIA’S DEIR-EZ-ZOR
GENEVA, Switzerland, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, expressed her concern over the situation in Syria’s Deir-ez-Zor Governorate, saying that, civilians continue to pay the highest price in the conflict.
In a statement, Bachelet said, at least 7,000 civilians remain trapped in Daesh-held areas there, and these frightened civilians are stuck between the intensification of bombardment against the Daesh on one hand, and are being prevented from leaving areas under Daesh control on the other hand.
“We have reports of Daesh executing civilians, perceived as cooperating with the SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) or other parties to the conflict,” she said.
The UN rights chief stressed that, all parties to the conflict, including all states conducting operations against the Daesh, have an obligation under international humanitarian law, to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, at all times.
“I also urge all anti-government groups to take measures, to ensure general protection of the civilian population and remove all military personnel and objects, from civilian populated areas, as required by international humanitarian law,” she said.
Over the past months, there have been increased reports of civilian casualties and displacements, due to air strikes and ground fighting in the Deir-ez-Zor Governorate.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORKhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/un-rights-chief-expresses-concern-over-situation-in-syrias-deir-ez-zor/General