People walk past a damaged car along a damaged street in
the besieged area of Homs. REUTERS/Thaer Al Khalidiya
Britain has accused Syria's government of committing "yet
another war crime" by spraying civilian areas with barrel bombs
- oil drums or cylinders which are packed with explosives and
metal fragments and dropped from aircraft.
Human rights groups say the improvised devices have killed
hundreds of civilians in the civil war between President
Bashar al-Assad's government and rebel forces. The United
States has also condemned their use.
Syrian authorities say they are battling "armed terrorist
"The use of this deliberately indiscriminate weapon is yet
another war crime, and is clearly designed to sow terror and
weaken the will of the civilian population," Foreign
Secretary William Hague told Britain's parliament.
In December, Russia angered U.S. diplomats by blocking a U.N.
Security Council resolution that would have condemned missile
and barrel bomb attacks on civilians.