Top UN rights official: Syria's war out of control

Associated Press
View photos
This image from amateur video obtained by a group which calls itself Ugarit News, which is consistent with AP reporting, shows a rocket fired by Syrian rebels in Qusair, Syria, Tuesday, May 28, 2013. Europe's decision to allow member states to arm Syrian rebels and Russia's renewed pledge to send advanced missiles to the Syria regime could spur an arms race in an already brutal civil war and increasingly turn it into a East-West proxy fight. Britain promises not to transfer any arms before diplomacy is given a chance in Syria peace talks expected next month, while a top rebel commander says he needs Western anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles now to prevent more regime gains on the battlefield. (AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video)

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights official says that Syria's civil war is "spilling out of control" and represents a colossal failure to protect civilians.

Navi Pillay told the United Nations' top human rights body on Tueday that war crimes and crimes against humanity are routinely committed in Syria, where foreign fighters are crossing borders to support both sides and destabilizing the region.

The 47-nation U.N. Human Rights Council is considering a draft resolution that calls for a probe into alleged abuses carried out by government forces and Hezbollah fighters in the Syrian town of Qusair, near Lebanon.

The draft resolution sought by the U.S., Turkey and Qatar seeks more aid access and civilian protections. Russia says the resolution is obstructing plans for Geneva peace talks next month.