16 January 2013

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Deliberately Targeting Civilians ‘A War Crime’, Secretary-General Warns,


Strongly Condemning Deadly Attack on Syria’s Aleppo University


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the appalling attack at Aleppo University yesterday, in which scores of people have been reported killed and wounded.

Deliberate targeting of civilians and civilian targets constitutes a war crime.  Such heinous attacks are unacceptable and must stop immediately.  All combating parties in Syria must abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law.  The Secretary-General sends his condolences to the families of those killed in this tragic attack.  He believes this latest atrocity should be promptly and fully investigated.  He also calls for a reflection by all Syrians about the degradation of a conflict that is tearing their nation apart, and stresses the urgent need for a peaceful political solution that ends the violence and meets the democratic aspirations of the Syrian people.

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