UN panel says Syrian government, rebels should be tried for atrocities during civil war

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Associated Press

Posted on February 19, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 19 at 2:04 AM

BEIRUT (AP) — A United Nations commission says fighters on both sides in Syria's civil war have committed atrocities and should be brought to justice.

The Commission of Inquiry on Syria released a 131-page report Monday, detailing deepening radicalization by both sides. The U.N. says some 70,000 people have been since the uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime began in March 2011.

Meanwhile, rebels continue to battle for control of airbases in the north while Assad's forces shell rebellious areas throughout Syria

Rebels launched an offensive to capture the Aleppo international airport and an adjacent military air base last week and have since stormed the army based charged with protecting the area. The fall of the airport would be a turning point in the fate of Syria's largest city, which is now heavily damaged and divided between rebel- and government-controlled zones.

The government has not been able to fly in supplies for weeks because of the fighting.

Also Monday, the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah announced that one of its fighters had been killed while doing "his jihadist duty." That followed reports that at least two Hezbollah fighters had been killed in sectarian clashes near Syria over the weekend.

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