Syria: UN, ISIS deliberately exposes children to violence

"Forced to watch executions and walk next to bodies"

16 September, 17:01

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    (ANSAmed) - GENEVA - Terrorists with ISIS in Syria deliberately expose children to violence and seek to indoctrinate them, the UN Commission of inquiry on Syria said Tuesday.

    Presenting the latest update on crimes committed in the conflict in Syria to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Commission President Paulo Sergio Pinheiro said ''children are invited to watch executions and then walk amid crucified bodies in squares''. ''The indoctrination of children is a priority for ISIS'', he added.

    Pinheiro said he had ''no more words'' to describe the gravity of crimes committed in Syria. ''While the number of victims continues to grow, their stories and their suffering appear increasingly stifled by the greatness of this tragedy'', he noted.

    In the document, the Commission cited 12 reports on victims of violence and crimes from a total of 3,200 obtained by the Commission since 2011. Presented anonymously, reports include the story of a journalist tortured by government forces and subsequently by the Islamic State and that of a doctor who has treated barrel bomb victims. (ANSAmed)

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