Thursday, August 30, 2012

Syria crisis: Assad regime oppressive, says Morsi – live updates

• Reports of fighter jet shot down over Idlib

Brian Whitaker and Haroon Siddique, Thursday 30 August 2012

Video of plane wreckage

This video purports to show footage of the fighter jet reportedly shot down in Idlib.

The pilot, who reportedly ejected, has been captured, according to activists.
A Syrian military source has said no Syrian warplane was shot down.
Bakery attacks 'are war crimes'

Syrian government forces have dropped bombs and fired artillery at or near at least 10 bakeries in Aleppo province over the past three weeks, killing and maiming scores of civilians who were waiting for bread, Human Rights Watch said today..

The attacks are at least recklessly indiscriminate and the pattern and number of attacks suggest that government forces have been targeting civilians, Human Rights Watch said. Both reckless indiscriminate attacks and deliberately targeting civilians are war crimes.

One attack in the city of Aleppo on 16 August 2012, killed up to 60 people and wounded more than 70. Another attack in the city on 21 August killed at least 23 people and wounded 30.

Day after day, Aleppo residents line up to get bread for their families, and instead get shrapnel piercing their bodies from government bombs and shells,” said Ole Solvang, emergencies researcher at Human Rights Watch who has just returned from Aleppo. “Ten bakery attacks is not random – they show no care for civilians and strongly indicate an attempt to target them.”...

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