'Starvation as a weapon is a war crime' says UN Secretary General

'Starvation as a weapon is a war crime' says UN Secretary General

The UN Secretary General has described the use of starvation as a weapon in Syria, as a war crime.

In a Press conference Ban Ki Moon said humanitarian teams in the war torn country are witnessing scenes that 'haunt the soul.'

The UN is trying to get humanitarian teams to the besieged town of Madaya to deliver food and medical aid.

Mr Ban said all sides including the Syrian Government must take responsibility for the situation.

“Let me be clear, the use of starvation as a weapon of war, is a war crime.

“All sides including Syrian government has the primary responsibility to protest Syrians and are committing this and other atrocious acts prohibited under International Humanitarian law.”

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