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Rights Group Accuses Syria of War Crimes

Demonstrators take part in a protest against Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad in Kafranbel, near Idlib May 1, 2012. Poster reads:
Demonstrators take part in a protest against Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad in Kafranbel, near Idlib May 1, 2012. Poster reads: "No need to observe our bleeding..we want who can stop it".

An international rights group Wednesday accused Syria of committing war crimes, while activists said rebels killed 15 security force members in what could be another sign a U.N.-brokered cease-fire has frayed.  

Human Rights Watch says Syrian forces and pro-government militias killed at least 95 civilians between late March and early April in the northwestern Idlib province, in the lead-up to the April cease-fire brokered by international envoy Kofi Annan.

In a Wednesday report, the group's Anna Neistat said it was as if government forces "used every minute before the cease-fire to cause harm."

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says rebels killed 15 security force members in an ambush in Aleppo province on Wednesday.

The the incident came a day after rights groups and activists said at least 30 people were killed in anti-government related violence, including nine family members an Idlib province village.

U.N. observers say the Syrian military still has heavy weapons stationed in cities, and that the government and opposition have both violated a peace plan aimed at ending the unrest.

Meanwhile, mission spokesman Neeraj Singh says the number of military observers in Syria rose to 31 on Wednesday.

"The teams are already in the area, as you  know, Homs, Hama, Daraa, idlib, so in their areas they will be carrying out activities," Singh said.

Under the U.N. plan, the number of monitors in Syria will eventually increase to 300.

The United Nations estimates at least 9,000 people have been killed since President Bashar al-Assad began cracking down on an uprising against him in March of last year.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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by: Huang June
May 02, 2012 9:00 PM
If torturing children, raping women, bombing houses of worship, murdering innocent civilians, and committing acts of genocide are not War Crimes, The US government and military should had been put on trial long ago for killing millions of innocent Vietnamese people.

by: Gadhaffi
May 02, 2012 5:15 PM
I say to the mislead commenting under the name America.
You are a slave to the western media, you will never be free. You are the guilty one for spreading war based on your master's view of what Youtube videos you have about this so called "uprising". You have been saying they will fall for 15 months, have they yet? No! Face it - you have already been beaten. You are just brainwashed so why not go back to your masters instructions on FOX news and Aljazeera! How lame...

by: Mike
May 02, 2012 2:24 PM
The biggest war crime was the western media and governments encouraging the uprising and then stepping-back and not providing tangible assistance. Now, the Islamic terrorists are stepping-in and filling the void. Nice going! Now we will have another psycho-dictatorship only closer to the EU. Way to go!!!

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