UN official calls for probe into attack on IDP camp in Syria

Published May 7th, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
Syrians carry a giant pre-Baath Syrian flag as they shout slogans during an anti-regime protest in the rebel-held Bustan al-Qasr district in eastern Aleppo on May 5, 2016. (AFP/Karam al-Masri)
Syrians carry a giant pre-Baath Syrian flag as they shout slogans during an anti-regime protest in the rebel-held Bustan al-Qasr district in eastern Aleppo on May 5, 2016. (AFP/Karam al-Masri)

An air strike that hit a camp for internally displaced people in rebel-held northern Syria, could "constitute a war crime," says a top UN official.

Humanitarian affairs chief Stephen O’Brien has called for an immediate inquiry into the attack on the Kamouna camp near the Turkish border which reportedly left 28 people dead and dozens more wounded.

One man at the camp blamed the government forces for the strike, saying that they "set tents in a restricted place on fire."

Joining the condemnation of the attack was US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power.

The strike took place in Idlib province 30 kms to the west of Aleppo which has been subject to a temporary ceasefire since Thursday.

Hostilities continued on the outskirts of the city. Activists reported that opposition forces captured the strategically important village of Khan Touman, situated on the highway to Aleppo.


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