September 11, 2019 / 10:09 AM / 3 months ago

U.N. investigators link U.S., Syrian and Russian forces to war crimes

Paulo Pinheiro, Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria attends a news conference during the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

GENEVA (Reuters) - U.S.-led coalition forces have carried out air strikes in Syria causing a high number of civilian casualties, indicating that required precautions were ignored and war crimes may have been committed, United Nations investigators said on Wednesday.

Syrian government and allied Russian warplanes are also conducting a deadly campaign that appears to have systematially targeted medical facilities, schools, markets and farmland, which may also amount to war crimes, the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria report said.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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