Syrian government accused of razing thousands of homes

Jan 30, 2014, 10:03 AM EST
Syrians walk in a heavily damaged street in Syria's eastern town of Deir Ezzor on August 26, 2013.
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The Syrian government has been "deliberately and unlawfully" demolishing thousands of homes, a new report by Human Rights Watch says. Satellite images appear to show large-scale demolitions with explosives and bulldozers in opposition strongholds in Damascus and Hama in 2012 and 2013. The report says the apparent wanton destruction of civilian property and collective punishment are war crimes. The report has prompted Syria's opposition Natonal Coalition to reiterate its calls for President Bashar al-Assad to step aside and for the International Criminal Court to hold his regime accountable.

 

Background:

Homes 'deliberately razed' in Syria [BBC]

U.N. lowers expectations for first round of Syria peace talks [euronews]

Damascus detainees languish while Syria envoys talk [Reuters]

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