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Group: Syrian Air Strikes 'Indiscriminate'

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Buildings damaged by what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Homs on April 7

Buildings damaged by what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Homs on April 7

A new report by a human rights group says the Syrian Air Force has repeatedly carried out “indiscriminate,” and in some cases deliberate, air strikes that have killed thousands of civilians.

Human Rights Watch says the attacks are serious violations of international humanitarian law and possible war crimes.

In its report titled “Death From The Skies,” the group says Syrian government air strikes have hit bakeries and hospitals, among other civilian targets.

The group, citing Syrian activists, said "air strikes have killed more than 4,300 civilians across Syria since July, 2012.”

New York-based Human Rights Watch said its investigators visited 50 sites of government air strikes in opposition-controlled areas in Aleppo, Idlib, and Latakia governorates and conducted more than 140 interviews with witnesses and victims.
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