Recent fighting uprooted million people in Syria: UN

Syrians suffered the highest level of displacement in the seven-year civil war during the first half of this year, when more than one million people were uprooted across the country, UN rights investigators reported on Wednesday.

After the battles in Aleppo, Damascus and Dara’a province, the total number of displaced people now stands at 6.5 million, out of a population of about 18 million.

Many of them lack water, food, medicine and proper shelter, the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria said in its report. “It is completely inexcusable that no party to this conflict adhered to their obligations towards civilians displaced by their military operations,” commission chairman Paulo Pinheiro said in Geneva.

The commission’s human rights experts found that most of the major battles this year were marked by war crimes, which were committed by pro-government forces, rebels, extremist militia, and Kurdish units.

Source: International Islamic News Agency