Home > News > World
Tuesday January 14, 2014 MYT 3:10:10 AM
Tuesday January 14, 2014 MYT 3:11:05 AM
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain on Monday accused Syria's government of committing "yet another war crime" by spraying civilian areas with barrel bombs - oil drums or cylinders which are packed with explosives and metal fragments and dropped from aircraft.
Human rights groups say the improvised devices have killed hundreds of civilians in the civil war between President Bashar al-Assad's government and rebel forces. The United States has also condemned their use.
Syrian authorities say they are battling "armed terrorist groups".
"The use of this deliberately indiscriminate weapon is yet another war crime, and is clearly designed to sow terror and weaken the will of the civilian population," Foreign Secretary William Hague told Britain's parliament.
In December, Russia angered U.S. diplomats by blocking a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have condemned missile and barrel bomb attacks on civilians.
(Reporting by William James; Editing by Andrew Osborn and Mark Trevelyan)
Barrel bomb attacks in Syria's Aleppo kill 25 -monitoring group
Syrian forces kill 83 in barrel bomb attacks in Aleppo - activists
List of suspected Syrian war criminals grows with atrocities - U.N.
Syrian refugees, fleeing barrel bombs, stuck at Turkish border
Syrian helicopters drop "barrel bombs" on rebel town, killing 20
Landmark Tunisian presidential election seen heading for run-off
Transitional government appointed in Burkina Faso
Iran and powers set to extend nuclear talks if final push fails
Afghan women excluded from peace talks with Taliban - aid agency
Thai king meets PM, ministers easing health concerns
Police in Tobago investigate murder of German couple on beach
Katy Perry confirmed as Super Bowl halftime singer
Seattle police body cameras plan revived by deal with anonymous programmer
Schalke's Di Matteo to use home record to stop Chelsea
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)