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Switzerland: UN commission finds conditions at Al-Hol camp 'deplorable and inhumane'

Switzerland, Geneva
September 11, 2019 at 17:10 GMT +00:00 · Published

A UN-appointed investigator voiced his concern over the "inhumane conditions" at the Al-Hol displaced persons camp during a press conference on the report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria, in Geneva on Wednesday.

"Up to 70,000 individuals remain interned in deplorable and inhumane conditions at Al-Hol camp, the vast majority of whom are women and children under the age of 12," said Paulo Pinheiro, the Chairperson of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic.

He added that "there is a shared responsibility of several member states about the state of the camp, I think it will be unfair to blame those that are holding those people there."

The report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic also highlighted the increasing number of civilian casualties and large-scale destruction resulting from fighting in other parts of Syria.

"Hostilities also included the large-scale operations by the US-led international coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces causing widespread destruction of towns and villages in Deir-ez-Zor," he added.

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A UN-appointed investigator voiced his concern over the "inhumane conditions" at the Al-Hol displaced persons camp during a press conference on the report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria, in Geneva on Wednesday.

"Up to 70,000 individuals remain interned in deplorable and inhumane conditions at Al-Hol camp, the vast majority of whom are women and children under the age of 12," said Paulo Pinheiro, the Chairperson of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic.

He added that "there is a shared responsibility of several member states about the state of the camp, I think it will be unfair to blame those that are holding those people there."

The report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic also highlighted the increasing number of civilian casualties and large-scale destruction resulting from fighting in other parts of Syria.

"Hostilities also included the large-scale operations by the US-led international coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces causing widespread destruction of towns and villages in Deir-ez-Zor," he added.

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