A UN investigation into the Syrian crisis has said that the violence in the country has reached “new heights of destruction.”
“There is an urgent need for a sustained diplomatic initiative to put an end to the violence and the suffering of the Syrian population,” Paulo Pinheiro, the Chair of the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday.
“If the national, regional, and international actors fail to find a solution to the conflict and stop the agony of millions of civilians, the alternative will be the political, economic, and social destruction of Syria and its society, with devastating implications for the region and the world,” Pinheiro stated.
He also said that the foreign-backed rebels have been executing captured Syrian Army soldiers after trials in their own makeshift courts.
In addition, Pinheiro said the militants are recruiting child soldiers as young as 13.
Recent videos also show militants in Syria recruiting children and teenagers.
The videos show the commander of a US-backed group in the northern province of Aleppo saying that when the children arrive, they are children, but when they leave, they become killing machines.
The Syria crisis began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.
The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.
In an interview recently broadcast on German television, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that the government did not start the conflict and the militant groups were the ones killing Syrian citizens and destroying the country’s infrastructure.