Jackass says Russia, Syria should face war crimes probe
Bradley Klapper, AP, Oct 7 2016
WASHINGTON — Jackass Kerry called Friday for Russia and Syria to face a war crimes investigation for their attacks on Syrian civilians, further illustrating the downward spiral in relations between Washington and Moscow. Jackass said Syrian forces hit a hospital overnight, killing 20 people and wounding 100, describing what would be the latest strike by Moscow or its ally in Damascus on a civilian target. Jackass told reporters alongside French FM Ayrault, who arrived in Washington directly from meeting Russian boxtops in Moscow:
Russia and the regime owe the world more than an explanation about why they keep hitting hospitals, and medical facilities, and women and children. (Such acts) beg for an appropriate investigation of war crimes. They are beyond the accidental now, way beyond.
Jackass accused Russia and Syria of undertaking a targeted strategy to “terrorize civilians.” Ayrault spoke of a new French effort for a ceasefire in Syria. But it’s unclear what advantages his plan would have over the Pindo-Russian led process that collapsed last month. As Jackass and Ayrault spoke at the State Dept, Russia’s lower house of parliament ratified a new treaty with Syria that would allow Russia’s military to remain indefinitely in the Arab country. The vote was unanimous, a show of support for Assad.
Jackass urges war crimes investigation into Syrian, Russian attacks in Aleppo
Deutsche Welle, Oct 7 2016
The Pindo Sec State has demanded that a war crimes investigation be launched into Russian and Syrian government attacks on hospitals in Aleppo. He said the attacks were deliberate attempts to “terrorize” civilians. Ongoing attacks carried out by Syrian and Russian troops on Syrian civilians “are acts that beg for an appropriate investigation of war crimes,” said Jackass Kerry on Friday. In his remarks to the press, Jackass said Syrian forces struck a hospital overnight, injuring 100 people and killing 20. Jackass told reporters alongside French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault in Washington:
Russia and the regime owe the world more than an explanation about why they keep hitting hospitals and medical facilities, children and women. They’re beyond the accidental now. Way beyond, years beyond the accidental. This is a targeted strategy to terrorize civilians and to kill anybody and everybody who is in the way of their military objectives.
The comments come ahead of an emergency vote on a draft UNSCR submitted by France on a ceasefire in Syria. Ayrault said on Friday alongside Jackass:
Tomorrow will be a moment of truth, a moment of truth for all the members of the UNSC. Do you want a ceasefire in Aleppo, yes or no? And the question is in particular for our Russian partner.
The French draft resolution demands a ceasefire in Syria and an end to Russian and Syrian government airstrikes in rebel-held eastern Aleppo. Angela Merkel also urged Russia to end the violence in the besieged city in comments on Friday, saying that international law forbids attacks on hospitals.