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Foreign fighters filtering into Syria to join militants: UN
A group of militants in Syria (file photo)
A group of militants in Syria (file photo)
Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:28AM
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The United Nations human rights investigators say “foreign fighters” are filtering into Syria to join the militants fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.


The UN rights investigators said in a report on Thursday that most of the “foreign fighters” who enter Syria to join militants or fight on their own alongside with them are from other countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

The investigators also stated that the Syrian army’s use of aerial attacks is “disproportionate.”

“As the conflict drags on, the parties have become ever more violent and unpredictable, which has led to their conduct increasingly being in breach of international law,” the UN investigators stated.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including a large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.

The Syrian government says certain Western states, especially the United States, and their regional allies are fueling the unrest.

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