UN demands accountability for Syria market airstrike
Douma attack 'one of the bloodiest since the conflict started in March 2011', says UN political chief

The Syrian regime must be held accountable for Sunday’s air raids on a marketplace in the Damascus suburb of Douma which killed more than 100 people, the UN’s political chief has said.

Sunday's bombing was "one of the bloodiest since the conflict started in March 2011", UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman told the Security Council on Wednesday.

The attack, which was conducted by Syrian government warplanes, targeted a busy market in the opposition-held suburb of the capital, killing more than 100 people, many of them civilians. Some 200 other people were wounded.

"This would be yet one more crime for which those responsible must be held accountable", Feltman added.

On Tuesday, Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in Geneva that the attack "may amount to a war crime".

The Syrian civil war, now in its fifth year, has resulted in the deaths of at least 250,000 people and made the country the world's single-largest source of refugees and displaced people, according to the UN.

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