Syrian Air Strikes 'Targeted Civilians'

Hospitals and people waiting in food queues were unlawfully targeted by government forces fighting rebels, a watchdog claims.The Syrian Air Force has been accused of repeatedly carrying out indiscriminate airstrikes against civilians. A new report by the campaign group Human Rights Watch (HRW) says in some cases government forces deliberately targeted civilians from the air. HRW said the attacks were a serious violation of international human rights law and that those responsible were guilty of war crimes. The report is based on visits to 50 government air strike sites in opposition-controlled areas of Aleppo, Idlib and Latakia, plus more than 140 interviews with witnesses and victims. HRW said at least 152 civilians were killed in the air strikes they documented.