Syrian children tortured, used as human shields

The Syrian regime has used children as human shields and torturing young, whose parents are suspected dissidents, according to a UN report.

The report on children and armed conflict account details conflict of children allegedly abused by pro-government forces and came as a senior UN official has said the conflict in Syria exploded into civil war.

"Yes, I think we can say that," said the head of peacekeeping United Nations, Herve Ladsous when asked if Syria is in a civil war. "Clearly what is happening is that the Syrian government has lost some large chunks of territory, several cities in opposition, and wants to regain control."

Ladsous, who spoke to two news agencies, was unavailable for comment Tuesday because he was traveling. His spokesman Kieran Dwyer, they confirmed to CNN, but said it is called is not important.
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"Whether we call it a civil war, civil war, if we call it partial, civil war in some places, the bottom line is that it is enormous escalation, which is in almost all regions the country and the civilians Syria ordinary people, are suffering, "said Dwyer.

The UN report on children, as of late April, was published Monday by the United Nations.

"Most victims of torture of children described being beaten, blindfolded, subjected to stress positions, whipped with electric cables heavy, scarred by cigarette burns and, in one reported case, subject to electric shocks in the genitals, "the report said, citing dozens of eyewitness accounts." Children have been detained and tortured by their brothers or their father is assumed that members of the opposition or the FSA, or they were themselves suspected of being associated with the FSA, "referring to the Syrian armed rebellion free.

Dozens of children between the ages of 8 and 13 reported using human shields by pro-regime forces during a raid in the village of Ain the Arouz in March, according to the report.

This includes allegations that the rebel forces and the Syrian army recruited and used children free, despite the declared policy of the FSA not to hire a person under 17 years.

Songs of Syrian army officers could not immediately be reached for comment.

Mark Lyall Grant, British ambassador to the United Nations, said that the conclusions of the UN report "very disturbing" and examine "carefully by all members of the Security Council. But it's just a Another chapter of barbarism is imposed by the Syrian regime in its own civilian population.

"So to be honest, we are not surprised by the report, but still an aberrant example of how far outside the boundaries of humanity the Syrian regime is gone."

The regime of President Bashar al-Assad has long blamed the violence in the country "armed terrorist groups".

The country on Tuesday criticized the United States. A report by the state news agency SANA quoted an "official source" in the Syrian Foreign Ministry, saying "that the U.S. administration continues its blatant interference in the internal affairs of Syria, his open support of terrorist covering the crimes of the terrorists, to distort the facts about Syria to the UN and the countries of extortion and the international community to besiege Syria. "

A group of human rights implored the Security Council to impose an arms embargo on Syria. Human Rights Watch said that the Council should impose targeted sanctions such as asset freeze and travel ban to the Syrian leadership.

Citing violations Syria Documentation Centre, a network of Syrian activists, the group said at least 1,176 children have been killed since February 2011.

After 15 months of bloodshed, the conflict shows no signs of slowing down, while the regime's forces continue to bomb cities, opposition activists say.

At least 60 people died Tuesday, including many children and women, local coordinating committees of the opposition in Syria, he said. Sixteen deaths occurred in Deir ez-Zor, 23 of them in Homs and Aleppo were 12, the group said.
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A family of six people including a baby, was killed in add, in the province of Aleppo, when a shell hit his house, CVC said.

Residents of the city in favor of the government of al-Pura, near al-Haffa, the UN observers prevented from reaching al-Haffa on Tuesday on the road, although the city, the Observatory opposition Syrian Human Rights said.

The monitoring mission of the United Nations in Syria, said in a statement that observers try to reach al-Haffa in Lattakia province, "clashed with angry crowds that surrounded their vehicle, which prevented from moving forward. The crowd seemed to be residents of the area, then threw rocks and metal bars in UN vehicles. "

"The UN observers turned. After leaving the area, three vehicles were heading Idlib learned. The source of the fire is not yet clear."

The observers returned to their bases ", and are safe," the UN statement. The mission was to try to reach al-Haffa since Thursday, but was hampered by the violence in the region, the statement said.

UN officials and the U.S. have expressed concern about reports that the government was using mortars, helicopters and tanks against the opposition to al-Haffa. They also expressed concern that residents could be trapped.

A banner on state television said some residents of the province Latakia "tried to explain to members of the mission of observers of their suffering by terrorist groups, but observers did not hear them. Instead, one of their cars hit three citizens "of which two were in critical condition.

Dwyer spokesman Ladsous called firing on vehicles peacekeeping "deliberate and direct" and said that UN officials are to assess whether the 300 peacekeepers disarmed in Syria are safe enough to continue their activities. "We think of every situation," he said.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed concern Tuesday about reports that Russia might be of attack helicopters to Syria. Speakinng at an event in Washington, Clinton said the United States faced Russia to stop arms shipments to the Assad regime.

State Department spokesman, Victoria Nuland, said the U.S. was "pushing the Russians for months to break military ties with the Syrian regime and do not possess. And instead kept reassuring us all that they are Syria sent military can not be used against civilians. And now what do we see? We find that the Syrian government using helicopters to film their own people from the air. "

Undersecretary of State William Burns to speak with a Russian officer to discuss Syria's economic at a meeting Thursday in Kabul, the State Department.
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Clinton said there seems no easy solution to end the bloodshed in Syria. "We are regularly approached by representatives of different groups inside Syria who are terrified of what comes next," he told an audience at the Brookings Institution. "So how can we achieve a political transition - assuming you can manage a political transition - how quiet and offers some protection to Christians, Druze, Alawites, Kurds, Sunnis, business leaders and others, how can we avoid a massive influx of refugees across the borders of Jordan and Turkey, how can we protect Lebanon from being trapped in the sectarian divisions that afflict and Syria, if these issues were evident and update the answers, I would like to share with you "..

Meanwhile, Syria said that an "armed terrorist group" attacked the state-owned al-Ikhbaria television channel al-Haffa in "an attempt to stop the national media conveying the truth."

The group opened fire on a car, and "al-Ikhbaria corresponding Mazen Mohammad was beaten in his hand while the cameraman Fadi Yacoub was beaten in the chest," the state news agency SANA.

SANA reported that 36 "martyrs of the army and the forces of public order" were buried Tuesday.

The latest reports of violence came a day after government forces fired indiscriminately from a helicopter over a town outside of Jabal Al-Zawiya, causing dozens of civilian casualties and rebel forces, an activist told CNN.

Swed Ibrahim, speaking of the city Idlib province, said the fighting between the army and the Syrian government forces free persisted for six hours and resulted in 32 deaths.

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