Investigating 20 massacres in Syria: UN



Investigating 20 massacres in Syria: UN panel chief Geneva: The head of a United Nations panel probing abuses in Syria says it has been collecting evidence about 20 massacres, including three in the central city of Homs since December.

Commission chair Paulo Sergio Pinheiro says the stalemate between President Bashar al-Assad's regime and anti-government rebels is fuelling a rise in mass killings, with the violence spreading to such an extent that "there are no more enclaves of stability in Syria today".

Commission member Vitit Muntarbhorn told reporters today that both sides were committing war crimes but it appears that "government authorities have been involved more in regard to crimes against humanity".

The UN estimates more than 70,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict that started two years back as a popular uprising against Assad's authoritarian rule.

PTI