Aleppo terrorist attack likely amounts to war crime: UN

The weekend terrorist attack near the Syrian city of Aleppo likely amounts to a war crime, Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said Tuesday.

On Saturday, a suicide attacker detonated a car bomb in the Rashidin neighbourhood of Aleppo near a convoy of buses, which were carrying civilians evacuated from the Syrian Shiite towns of Fua and Kefraya, reportedly claiming the lives of over 130 people.

“It is an attack which likely amounts to a war crime,” Colville said at a briefing.

The OHCHR is not yet able to confirm exactly how the attack was carried out or who is responsible for it, Colville said, but added that “footage seen by the UN Human Rights Office showed children gathering around a person giving out sweets just prior to the explosion.”

Shia populated Fua and Kefraya settlements near Aleppo have been besieged by militants for three years, with the humanitarian situation worsening as aid convoys have been prevented from reaching the towns by armed opposition groups operating in the region. The evacuation from both towns, as well as from Madaya and Zabadani settlements started on 14 April within the framework of the population swap deal reached by Damascus and opposition forces in March.