Syria's security forces have committed "crimes against humanity" in their continuing crackdown on anti-government protesters, a UN report says.
The study by an independent panel also contains allegations of murder, torture and sexual assaults on civilians.
Syria bears responsibility for these crimes, the document says, urging Damascus to punish the perpetrators.
Syria says it is fighting armed gangs. More than 3,500 people have reportedly died in the violence since March.
The death toll estimated by the UN cannot be independently verified as most foreign media are banned from entering Syria.
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