UN official: Airstrike on refugee camp ’could be war crime’

Orient Net - Agencies 2016-05-07 07:43:00

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An air strike on a Syrian refugee camp that reportedly killed at least 28 people could "constitute a war crime," a senior UN official has told BBC.

Humanitarian affairs chief Stephen O’Brien has called for an immediate inquiry into the attack on the Kamouna camp near the Turkish border which reportedly left 28 people dead and dozens more wounded.

One man at the camp blamed the Assad forces for the strike, saying that they "set tents in a restricted place on fire."

Joining the condemnation of the attack was US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, al-Bawaba reported.

The strike took place in Idlib province 30 kilometers to the west of Aleppo which has been subject to a temporary ceasefire since Thursday.

Clashing continued on the outskirts of the city. Activists reported that opposition forces captured the strategically important village of Khan Touman, situated on the highway to Aleppo.