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Germany's Merkel: 'very close to war crimes' in Syria

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference with the President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari after talks at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference with the President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari after talks at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

  • German chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech at the meeting of her Christian Democrats' Youth Organization. JU,  in Paderborn, Germany, Saturday Oct. 15, 2016.  German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that some actions in Syria come “very close to war crimes.”  Merkel said Saturday that the bombing of hospitals and underground facilities in Aleppo is “inhuman  The chancellor made her comments to a conference of her conservative bloc’s youth wing in the western German city of Paderborn.   ( Guido Kirchner/dpa via AP)

    German chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech at the meeting of her Christian Democrats' Youth Organization. JU, in Paderborn, Germany, Saturday Oct. 15, 2016. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that some actions in Syria come “very close to war crimes.” Merkel said Saturday that the bombing of hospitals and underground facilities in Aleppo is “inhuman The chancellor made her comments to a conference of her conservative bloc’s youth wing in the western German city of Paderborn. ( Guido Kirchner/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that some actions in Syria come "very close to war crimes."

Merkel said Saturday that the bombing of hospitals and underground facilities in Aleppo is "inhuman." She said: "I think we are very close to war crimes. Whether there are war crimes, the International Court of Justice decides."

The chancellor made her comments to a conference of her conservative bloc's youth wing in the western German city of Paderborn.

Merkel said: "The much more important thing would be, how we can stop it all and move on to a political process?"

She noted that talks between U.S. and Russia are resuming, "but all these talks unfortunately haven't in the recent past led to a permanent cease-fire."