Syria government 'using starvation as a weapon of war'

President Bashar al-Assad's government is using starvation tactics against the Syrian people as a weapon of war, Amnesty International said. A new report by the group said 128 refugees died of starvation at the Yarmouk camp in Damascus.

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Amnesty: Civilians treated like 'pawns in a deadly game'

An Amnesty International report has said that the civilians in Syria are being treated like 'pawns in a deadly game'.

Philip Luther, Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa Programme director, said: “Civilians of Yarmouk are being treated like pawns in a deadly game in which they have no control.”

The Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, near the Syrian capital Damascus. Credit: Balkis Press/ABACA/Press Association Images

The report highlights that government forces and their allies have repeatedly carried out attacks, including air raids and shelling with heavy weapons, on civilian buildings such as schools, hospitals and a mosque in Yarmouk.

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