The body of a rebel fighter is seen during alleged operations conducted by the pro-regime forces to take the control of the surrounding areas of the Rankous plain in the Qalamoun region, April 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA
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Security Council to view photos of Syrian deadThe bodies of the young men in the photographs are emaciated, their bones protruding. On Tuesday, the Security Council will meet privately to view projected slides of the dead, who offer mute testimony to the savagery of a Syrian civil war in which more than 150,000 have died. France, which is hosting the closed-door meeting, says the photos to be displayed are part of a collection of 55,000 digital images of Syrians who were tortured and slain by Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime. The presentation at the Security Council is part of a process of documenting evidence of Syrian war crimes in the hope of eventually referring the perpetrators to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.A relative of "Caesar" who defected early in the civil war kept in contact with him, and persuaded "Caesar" to collect the images over the next three years, the report says.In the collection of 55,000 images, each body was photographed four or five times, so the authors estimate that about 11,000 victims are pictured. "Caesar" smuggled out almost 27,000 of the images, the report said.
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