UN Human Rights Chief: 'End Killing in Syria Now'

The head of the United Nations Human Rights Commission calls on the world to "take effective action" to stop the killing in Syria.

Chana Ya'ar ,

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The head of the United Nations Human Rights Commission, Navi Pillay, has called on the international community to "take effective action" to stop the killing in Syria.

Pillay said Wednesday there is no statute of limitations for serious international crimes. There is an "extreme urgency for the international community to cut through the politics and take effective action to protect the Syrian population," she added. 

"A sustained effort [is required] for as long as it takes to bring justice to all those who have been victims of the gross and systematic crimes taking place taking place in Syria today," Pillay said. 

Syrian troops stormed the central hotspot city of Homs this week, killing scores of residents and rebels alike in the area of Bab Amr. The army, claiming residents had asked the government to "protect" them,

fired rockets and mortars as tanks launched an assault on the district. At least 150 people have been killed in Bab Amr over the past two days, opposition sources told reporters.