The bloodshed has continued in Syria with at least 40 people killed by security forces on Wednesday, according to opposition activists. The government said it had buried 27 military personnel who had been killed in the violence.
Further condemnation of the actions of the Syrian government has come in a report by human rights group Amnesty International which calls on the UN Security Council to refer the situation to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, in a new report entitled Deadly Reprisals.
According to the London-based group, civilians, including children, have been attacked by the security forces and militia members. It speaks of grave abuses in towns and villages around Aleppo and Idlib.
It said its information was based on more than 200 interviews in 23 Syrian towns and villages.
The vast majority of abuses were committed by government forces and their allies, Amnesty said, although it said there were incidents of rebels kidnapping and killing captured soldiers and pro-government miliitia.
The UN says that at least 10,000 people have been killed since the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011.
Syria says it is fighting foreign-backed "terrorists" whom it blames for killing hundreds of soldiers and police.
International media cannot report freely in Syria and it is impossible to verify reports of violence.
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