UN urges humane treatment of Jordanian pilot captured in Syria

A still image released by the Islamic State group's branch in Raqa on extremist websites on Dec 24, 2014 purportedly shows a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group fighters after they shot down a warplane from the US-led co
A still image released by the Islamic State group's branch in Raqa on extremist websites on Dec 24, 2014 purportedly shows a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group fighters after they shot down a warplane from the US-led coalition with an anti-aircraft missile near Raqa city. -- PHOTO: AFP 

UNITED NATIONS (REUTERS) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria captors of a Jordanian pilot whose warplane was shot down in north-east Syria to treat him humanely, his spokesman said.

"He (Ban) calls on his captors to treat the pilot in accordance with international humanitarian law," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

The pilot is the first captive taken from the US-led coalition carrying out air strikes against the militant group that has seized parts of Syria and Iraq.

He told reporters that Ban was also "deeply concerned with the continued use of violence across the country, including the use of 'barrel bombs' in populated areas."

Dujarric noted that the indiscriminate use of such weapons was a violation of international law.