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Syria: Deliberate killings and other abuses by Syria's armed forces

In the face of increasingly brutal repression against peaceful protesters calling for freedom and reforms since February 2011, the unrest has turned increasingly violent. The opposition inside the country now includes armed groups who have taken up arms against government forces. This report provides further evidence that deliberate and unlawful killings are part of a widespread and systematic attack against the civilian population, carried out in an organized manner and as part of state policy, and therefore amount to crimes against humanity. MDE 24/041/2012