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>> Air strikes by Russia and US-led coalition killed civilians in Syria on a large scale last year. That's according to a new report from United Nations War Crime Investigators. They also said that the Syrian government carried out chemicals weapon attack in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta. The report said too that Islamic State fighters and similar insurgent groups were guilty of war crimes.
Those included deadly attacks on civilians and using them as human shields. The UN Report is based on 500 interviews with victims and witnesses. Among the most significant findings is the Russian bombing of a market in a de-escalation zone in Atareb last November, at least 84 people were killed.
Although the report found no evidence that Russia deliberately targeted the market, it's said the attack may amount to a war crime. Another key incident was three US-led coalition strikes on a school near Raqqa in March 2017. A 150 were killed but investigators found no evidence the IS fighters were at the site, saying the US-led coalition had violated international law by failing in its duty to protect civilians.
The investigators said that any peace deal to end the long conflict must also serve justice.