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May 17, 2022

UN panel names Syrian officials for possible investigations

Syrian rights activists say government forces have resumed intense shelling in the opposition stronghold of Homs, while a U.N. commission said evidence shows Syrian leaders “at the highest levels” are responsible for crimes against humanity, The Voice of America informs. The independent U.N. panel said Thursday it delivered a report to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights that included a confidential list of Syrian officials who could face investigation related to the government’s crackdown on a nearly year-long opposition uprising. The commission said it also had evidence of abuses by opposition forces. The violence Thursday followed a day of relentless shelling in Homs and elsewhere that killed at least 74 people, including two Western journalists.The French government identified the two reporters killed in Homs as Marie Colvin, a prominent American war correspondent working for Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper, and French photojournalist Remi Ochlik. Activists said several other journalists were wounded in the attack on a makeshift media center in the rebel-held Baba Amr district of Homs and that the center appeared to have been deliberately targeted.According to CNN, former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan will be named U.N.’s special envoy to Syria, senior U.N. source says.

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