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Amnesty: Attacks on Aleppo’s Kurdish section amount to ‘war crimes’

By Rudaw 13/5/2016
People gathered in the ruins of an attack on a civilian neighborhood in Aleppo. Photo: AP
People gathered in the ruins of an attack on a civilian neighborhood in Aleppo. Photo: AP

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - The Kurdish-majority Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood of the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo has been subjected to several indiscriminate attacks which could amount to war crimes, Amnesty International said on Friday. 

Sheikh Maqsoud's civilians have been killed and maimed by indiscriminate mortar and rocket fire, including chemical weapons attacks, and generally "displayed a shameful disregard for human life." 

Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director, Magdalena Mughrabi, said that these "appear to be repeated indiscriminate attacks" which "may amount to war crimes." 

Amnesty has collected a list of 83 civilians in the neighborhood who have been killed from these attacks between February and April. Another 700 civilians have been wounded. Sheikh Maqsoud is home to an estimated 30,000 civilians. 

"The international community must not turn a blind eye to the mounting evidence of war crimes by armed opposition grumps in Syria," she said. "The fact that the scale of war crimes by government forces is far greater is no excuse for tolerating serious violations by the opposition." 

Islamist groups like Ahrar al-Sham and Army of Islam have been blamed for these attacks. 

In addition to these bombardments Sheikh Maqsoud's civilian population is effectively trapped with limited food and humanitarian relief. 

"Sheikh Maqsoud is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis," Mughrabi warned, "It is critical that the Syrian government and armed groups urgently allow unfettered access for humanitarian aid and allow civilians who wish to leave the area to do so."  


K | 13/5/2016
That destruction you see has been carried out by Hizbula which are supported by US and Turkey. Two days ago UN, in support of US angainst Russia, turned down Russia's call for listing Hizbulla as a terrorist organisation. Then they are talking about peace in the region. What you see here is all the result of US/Russia/EU/UN peace talks. Look around you; wherever these peace makers go, they leave a trail of human debris and destruction behind them. These guys have a lot more to talk about and in the meantime one supporting one group with weapon and and power and another supporting the other group with weapon and power and we will see more destructions while this endless talk meetings are going on.
Adstar | 13/5/2016
Hezbollah has never been supported by the USA.. It has been supported by Iran, Assad and is an ally of the Russians.. People should really look into things before coming to very wrong conclusions.. This report is pointing to Ahrar al-Sham as the ones responsible for this attack...
Flaminco | 13/5/2016
@K, not Hizbullah but Jash Al-Islam and Ahrar Al-Sham who are nit only considered "moderate" jihadists but are invited to the talks! One is backed by Turkey the other by Saudi Arabia. Imagine the reaction of the that Pig son of a Dog in Ankara if YPG had targeted civilians like that! Worst part is the European and American reaction, they defend the action of those jihadi savages!
Biji Kurdistan | 13/5/2016
The groups largely responsible, Ahrar al-Sham and Jaysh al-Islam are apparently untouchable since the UN refuses to blacklist these obvious jihadist terrorist organizations, in an effort to appease the Turkish/Saudi-backed "HNC opposition" in Istanbul and Geneva... How can people who use gas and bombs against civilians be allowed into Geneva talks while the Kurds are excluded.
eric bloodaxe | 17/5/2016 You might wish to publicise the above horror clip showing a Free Syrian Army terrorist mercilessly killing and unarmed kurdish woman soldier in a cell. Interrogating the map it cam with shows it to have occurred on the front line between the Kurds and FSA. | Al-Masdar News

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