By their very nature - large explosives-laden steel containers which are simply rolled out of planes or helicopters - these weapons are highly indiscriminate. In Sudan, for example, we documented their use in government bombing campaigns in the Darfur region that wreaked havoc on the local civilian population.
The Syrian air force’s use of barrel bombs is very likely to constitute a war crime and should be added to a lengthening charge sheet against members of the Syrian authorities.
Meanwhile, the long-suffering people of Aleppo and other Syrian cities need to see immediate action being taken to stop the barrel bombing as an absolute minimum.
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