According to the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, the death toll in Syria raised to 5,000 civilians.
Such violence is nothing new in Syria, with Pillay reporting more than 200 people have died in the last 10 days, and “the Syrian population continues to live in fear of further violent repression.”
Pillay said Monday that “the nature and scale of abuses” indicate that Syrian forces likely committed “crimes against humanity.” Citing reliable sources, she said more than 300 of the dead have been children “killed by state forces.”
Several defectors from military and security forces said they got orders “to shoot unarmed protesters without warning,” according to Pillay.
“Independent, credible and corroborated accounts demonstrate that these abuses have taken place as part of a widespread and systematic attack on civilians,” she said.
In addition, another 14,000 people have been arrested so far.