The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zayed Ra'ad al-Hussein, expressed concern over violations of the rights of civilians in southern Syria and called for an end to taking people hostage. This is stated on the UN website.
"The peace inhabitants in Syria continue to become hostages of various sides of the conflict. I remind everyone that the rules of international law require that the parties to the conflict do their utmost to protect civilians and also provide residents with the opportunity to move safely if they want to leave", noted in the statement of the Commissioner.
"Thousands of civilians have already left their homes, but there is a threat that intensified hostilities will put many civilians at a dead end - between Syrian soldiers and their allies on the one hand, and on the other - the opposition and terrorists from the Islamic state," stressed he.
At the same time, the UN expressed concern over the continuing escalation of tension in the Syrian province of Dar'a.
We recall that the Russian air force caused a series of air strikes on the city of Busra al-Harir, which is in the south-west of Syria.