Last Updated: Fri Mar 02, 2012 23:55 pm (KSA) 20:55 pm (GMT)

U.N. rights body alarmed by reports of ‘grisly’ Syria executions

Men carry the coffin of a member of the Free Syrian Army, who was killed by “Al Chabiha” or armed civilians loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, during his funeral near the northern city of Idlib. (Reuters)
Men carry the coffin of a member of the Free Syrian Army, who was killed by “Al Chabiha” or armed civilians loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, during his funeral near the northern city of Idlib. (Reuters)

The U.N. rights body urged the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday to respect international law after receiving unconfirmed reports of 17 “grisly” executions as forces overran Baba Amr in the city of Homs.

Al Arabiya TV reported on Friday, quoting the Syrian Revolution Council, that at least 10 young men were executed in Baba Amro.

“We are alarmed at reports starting to come out of the Babr Amro district of Homs after it was taken over by Syrian forces yesterday,” said Rupert Colville, spokesman for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Colville said the OHCHR had been given information “suggesting a particularly grisly set of summary executions” had taken place on Thursday as regime forces overran the Baba Amr neighborhood.

He said he could not confirm the 17 killings however.

“We would like to remind the authorities of their responsibilities under international law,” said Colville. “It is essential there are no unlawful reprisals, no summary executions, no torture, no arbitrary detentions.

“Enough crimes have already been committed in Syria over the past year.”

The opposition Syrian National Council has warned of “barbaric” reprisals against Babr Amro residents after rebels pulled out on the second day of an all-out ground assault by the Syrian military.

The storming of the rebel bastion began early Wednesday, following 27 straight days of shelling.

The U.N. estimates that more than 7,500 people have been killed in the almost year-long uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

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