People walk with their belongings at the Syrian border crossing of Bab al-Hawa, at the Syrian-Turkish border, Idlib Governorate March 3, 2014. Picture taken March 3, 2014. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah
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Syrian government forces are waging a campaign of siege warfare and starvation against civilians as part of its military strategy, a UN-mandated probe said Wednesday.The commission, which includes legendary former war crimes prosecutor Carla del Ponte, stressed that more than 250,000 people remain besieged in war-ravaged country.The report covers a litany of war crimes and crimes against humanity carried out by both sides from mid July last year to January 20 .The commission, headed by Brazilian Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, was created in 2011 by the UN Human Rights Commission to look into specific abuses committed in the war, which is estimated to have killed more than 140,000 people.
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