A UN commission on human rights abuses in Syria has voiced concerns about the rising number of foreign insurgents in the country.
With the presence of foreign armed groups in Syria, the conflict is worsening, said the Chairman of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, Paulo Pinheiro.
“Their presence can contribute to the radicalization in this conflict… and is particularly dangerous in an already very volatile conflict,” Pinheiro told reporters at a news conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Tuesday.
“Civilian population is paying the price of” the violence in Syria, he stated.
Mr. Pinherio added that children, women, and the elderly have been “suffering disproportionately” from the ongoing unrest in the country.
Pinheiro also stated that he feared the foreign militants are not fighting for a democratic state in Syria as they claim, but for their own state based on their religious background and mentality.