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Arab League Head Seeks Inquiry on Syrian Violence, Mena Says

March 13, 2012

Violence against Syrian civilians “could be described as crimes against humanity” and should be the subject of an international investigation, said the secretary-general of the Arab League.

Those responsible for crimes including “horrific acts of killing and liquidation of entire families” shouldn’t be allowed to escape accountability, the state-run Middle East News Agency cited Nabil el-Arabi as saying. “There must be an impartial international investigation to uncover the truth about the events and to present to justice those responsible for such crimes.”

He called on the Syrian government to cooperate with any independent international investigation, according to the report.

El-Arabi’s remarks came a day after the Syrian opposition reported the death of 20 women and 25 children in the Karam Al- Zaitoun neighborhood of Homs, killings the Syrian National Council denounced as a “grisly crime.”

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