Five children killed by US strikes in Syria: HRW

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Published Sunday, September 28, 2014

Apparent US missile strikes killed at least seven civilians in northwestern Syria, a watchdog group said Sunday, calling for a probe into possible violations of the laws of war.

New York-based Human Rights Watch cited three residents of the Syrian village of Kafr Deryan in Idlib province as saying via Skype that missiles killed at least two men, two women and five children in the early hours of Tuesday.

"The United States and its allies in Syria should be taking all feasible precautions to avoid harming civilians," HRW deputy Middle East director Nadim Houry said in a statement.

"The US government should investigate possible unlawful strikes that killed civilians, publicly report on them and commit to appropriate redress measures in case of wrongdoing."

Locals told HRW that a series of missiles struck a Nusra compound, including a weapons depot, just outside the village. But moments later, missiles struck two homes in Kafr Deryan proper, according to the witnesses, who cited the casualties by name.

Residents told HRW that there were no Nusra facilities or property inside the village.

"The reported killing of at least seven civilians in strikes in which there may have been no legitimate military target nearby raises concerns that the strikes were unlawful under the laws of war and should be investigated," HRW said.

"The US government should investigate credible allegations of violations of the laws of war, such the strikes on Kafr Deryan, and publish its findings."

The group urged Washington to recognize that the US government failed to discriminate between combatants and civilians, or unlawfully caused civilian loss disproportionate to the expected military advantage.

An activist who spoke to the rights group said that six other civilians -- three children and three women -- were also killed in the strikes, but HRW was unable to verify the claim. He said 15 others, among them women and children, were injured.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)

Comments

Here we go."human rights activists" on steroids.Any human being cringes when hearing of the death or plight of the Innocent,but Where Is Nadim Houri, In the public media when the victims are casualties of Arab/"religion"wars?
Daesh/Nusra,etc,kill 5 Innocent children EVERY hour, everyday,for months.

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