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230 civilians killed in Syrian, Russian airstrikes in past week: UN

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WATCH ABOVE: War monitoring group says Syrian airstrikes kill dozens, injure more than 100 in Syria in fourth day of attack on rebel-held areas. Warning: This video contains graphic images, discretion is advised. – Feb 11, 2018

GENEVA (Reuters) – Syrian and Russian airstrikes in rebel-held areas have killed 230 civilians in the past week in some of the conflict’s worst violence that may also constitute war crimes, the top United Nations human rights official said on Saturday.

Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said his office had received reports including video footage of possible use of “toxic agents” on Feb. 4 in the rebel-held town of Saraqeb, Idlib province.

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“After seven years of paralysis in the (U.N.) Security Council, the situation in Syria is crying out to be referred to the International Criminal Court, as well as for a much more concerted effort by States to bring peace,” Zeid said in a statement.

WATCH: U.N. investigating violence and allegations of gas attack in Syria

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U.N. investigating violence and allegations of gas attack in Syria – Feb 11, 2018
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