Syria's Civilians Taking Brunt of Bloody Civil War

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Civilians in Syria are faring the worst in the nation's civil war, according to new report from the human rights group Amnesty International.

The group says most of those who have died in the fighting have been innocent civilians, including many children.

Syrian President Bashar Assad has increased his use of air power against rebels forces, leading to more fatalities.

"The use of imprecise weapons, such as unguided bombs, artillery shells and mortars by government forces has dramatically increased the danger for civilians," The Los Angeles Times quoted Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International's senior crisis response adviser.
     
In a recent air strike, 10 members of one family were killed. Seven were children.

"For many there is simply nowhere safe and families live in fear of the next attack," Rovera said.

"It is shameful that the international community remains divided over Syria ... and effectively looking the other way while civilians are bearing the brunt," she charged.

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