US-backed rebels in Syria say they have captured Iranian nationals and are holding them. The Iranian government says they are pilgrims in Syria for religious purposes. , a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Syria insurgents likely committed war crime: UN
Fri Nov 2, 2012 11:41AM GMT
The UN Human Rights body has reacted to the video posted on the web that shows the foreign-backed insurgents in Syria executing soldiers, saying the video probably shows “war crimes.”
The body also said on Friday that the YouTube video could be used as “evidence” to bring the perpetrators to justice.
"It is very likely that this was a war crime,” said Rupert Colville, spokesman for UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.
On Thursday, a grisly video footage circulated on the web showing foreign-backed insurgents killing Syrian soldiers execution-style at a checkpoint in the crisis-hit country. The insurgents beat about 10 soldiers before executing them with automatic rifles.
Coville underlined that those who committed the execution should be under no illusion they could get away with their crimes.
"Accountability will follow," he said, adding that the video could well be used as "evidence" in legal proceedings.
The so-called Syrian National Council (SNC) also said on Thursday that the West and its allies instigate radicalization in the crisis-hit Arab country.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the turmoil.