EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content- A wounded Syrian man waits to receive treatment at a make-shift hospital in Douma following Syrian government bombardments on the besieged rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta on March 4, 2018. / AFP / HAMZA AL-AJWEH
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Air strikes by Russia and a U.S.-led coalition killed civilians in Syria on a large scale last year, while the Assad government carried out unlawful chemical weapon attacks in rebel-held eastern Ghouta, U.N. war crimes investigators said Tuesday.Daesh (ISIS) militants and other insurgent groups committed war crimes including deadly attacks on civilians and using them as human shields, the investigators said in their latest report covering six months through Jan. 15 .Three U.S.-led coalition strikes on a school near Raqqa in March 2017 killed 150 residents -- roughly five times the toll acknowledged by the Pentagon, which said at the time that dozens of militants and not civilians were killed.The United States joined the war in 2014, leading an international coalition carrying out air strikes against Daesh fighters in both Syria and Iraq, who were largely defeated last year. Russia joined the conflict in 2015, providing air and ground support for its allies in the Syrian government.
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