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Aleppo terror and slaughter must be halted: UN Human Rights Office
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has pleaded with the international community to heed the cries of the women, men and children being terrorised and slaughtered in Aleppo and to take urgent steps to ensure that the tens of thousands of people who have fled, surrendered or been captured are treated in line with international law.
The UN Human Rights Office has received credible reports of scores of civilians being killed - either by intense bombardment or summary execution by pro-Government forces. Dozens of bodies reportedly litter the streets of a number of east Aleppo neighbourhoods, with residents unable to retrieve them due to the intense bombardment and fear of being shot.

Government forces and their allies are also reportedly entering civilian homes and killing people. Multiple sources have reported that pro-Government forces killed at least 82 civilians, including 11 women and 13 children, in the Bustan al-Qasr, al-Ferdous, al-Kallaseh, and al-Saleheen neighbourhoods a day before yesterday.

Thousands of people who remain in areas under the control of armed groups are at risk of grave violations, including detentions, torture and killings.

"The crushing of Aleppo, the immeasurably terrifying toll on its people, the bloodshed, the wanton slaughter of men, women and children, the destruction - and we are nowhere near the end of this cruel conflict. What can happen next, if the international community continues to collectively wring its hands, can be much more dangerous. What is happening with Aleppo could repeat itself in Douma, in Raqqa, in Idleb. We cannot let this continue," Zeid said in a statement.

The High Commissioner emphasized that the Government of Syria has an obligation to respect and protect the right to life of all civilians as well as of fighters who have surrendered, or laid down their weapons, are sick or wounded or otherwise hors de combat. The Government of Syria is obliged by international humanitarian law to provide medical assistance to all sick and wounded, civilians and fighters alike, without any discrimination.

However, reports suggest that of those fighters who have fled, some were reportedly caught and killed on the spot while others were arrested. Many family members report having lost contact with their loved ones. There are initial reports of young men who have been detained by pro-Government forces in a school near the Jibreen industrial area for screening.

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