The departing head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria on Saturday (August 18th) said both Syrian government and opposition forces have failed to respect international humanitarian law, AFP reported.
Speaking after the UN Security Council on Thursday ordered the end of the monitoring mission, Lt. Gen. Babacar Gaye said, "Both parties have obligations under international humanitarian law to make sure that civilians are protected."
"These obligations have not been respected," he said.
On Saturday, Syrian air forces bombarded the opposition stronghold of Aazaz in Aleppo province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
Government forces also shelled the Khaldiyeh district of Homs and Herak in Deraa province, and fighting broke out in the district of Tadamon in Damascus.
Meanwhile, more than 40 unidentified bodies were found in and around Damascus, 23 of them in the Qaboun district, four in neighbouring Qadam and 16 in Douma, the Observatory said.