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Suspect in Syria killings faces German war crimes charges

BERLIN (AP) – A man who allegedly launched a grenade into a crowd of civilians waiting for food in Damascus in 2014, killing at least seven people, has been charged in Germany with war crimes and murder, prosecutors said yesterday.

Prosecutors said on March 23, 2014, the suspect launched a grenade from an anti-tank weapon into a crowd in the district’s Rejeh Square who were waiting for food aid from UNRWA, the United Nations (UN) agency for Palestinian refugees. At least seven people were killed and three wounded.

The suspect was arrested in Berlin on August 4. Prosecutors didn’t say how or when he came to Germany.

The Berlin court will now have to decide whether to bring Moafak D’s case to trial.