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U.N. rights boss urges all sides to spare civilians in Raqqa
June 28, 2017 / 2:45 PM / 6 months ago

U.N. rights boss urges all sides to spare civilians in Raqqa

GENEVA (Reuters) - At least 173 civilians have been killed in air and ground operations against Islamic State this month in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the United Nations human rights chief said on Wednesday, calling it a conservative figure.

Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein urged all sides in the battle to oust the Islamist militants, “including international forces”, to take all feasible precautions to spare the lives of 100,000 civilians still trapped.

“Civilians must not be sacrificed for the sake of rapid military victories,” Zeid said in a statement issued in Geneva.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Toby Chopra

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