The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said Wednesday that the international community is concerned about the fate of 7,000 civilians in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor.
“We are concerned about the situation in Deir Ezzor. few weeks ago we were concerned about the situation in Idlib, but now civilians are still being used as pawns in the Syrian conflict and they continue to pay the highest price for the conflict,” Bachelet told a news conference.
“Around 7,000 civilians are trapped in those areas that are still under ISIS control” She said.
Bachelet pointed out that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has data indicating that Da’ash militants are executing people suspected of collaborating with Syria’s democratic forces,(SDF), operating in northern Syria, as well as other parties to the conflict.
“We would like to call upon all anti-government groups to take all measures to protect civilians and to remove all military personnel and military techniques from civilian areas, as required by international humanitarian law.” The use of military force by one side is not an excuse for non-compliance with international humanitarian law by the others. ” Bachelet ended her speech.
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