Syrian conflict is increasingly sectarian, says U.N. monitor

Geneva (ENInews)–A growing number of people in the escalating violence in Syria appear to be targeted because of their religion and “gross violations of human rights are occurring regularly,” a U.N. monitor said on 27 June. The 16-month-old conflict between insurgents and forces defending President Bashar al-Assad’s government is also becoming “increasingly militarized,” said Paulo Pinheiro, chair of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria, in a report presented to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. An estimated 15,000 people have been killed in the conflict. [406 ENI-12-0375]