U.N. head sees possible crimes against humanity in Syria

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Posted: Feb 16, 2012 10:54 AM

VIENNA (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on Syrian authorities to stop killing civilians and said potential crimes against humanity were taking place in the country.

"We see neighborhoods shelled indiscriminately, hospitals used as torture centers, children as young as 10 years old jailed and abused. We see almost certain crimes against humanity," he told reporters after meeting Austrian President Heinz Fischer on Thursday.

(Reporting by Michael Shields; Editing by Louise Ireland)

(This story corrects to remove reference to killing in paragraph 2)