Over 10,000 civilians murdered in Syria during 2017

Airstrike in Eastern Ghouta, despite it being a de-escalation area Airstrike in Eastern Ghouta, despite it being a de-escalation area Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

9 January 2018
According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, Syria counted 10,204 civilian deaths; among them 2,298 were children and 1,536 women.

The report published on 1st January by the London-based Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) declares that supporters of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, are responsible for 70% of these killings. The  Russian bombing campaign is argued to have killed 1,436 civilians, while 1,759 civilians were killed in attacks by the coalition led by the United States. The military intervention of the international coalition, Russia and Iran - forces loyal to Assad - against rebel groups, has a led to the breakdown of the country, leaving many of its citizens at high risk.

The coalition agreed to make a plan for “de-escalation zones”, aimed at containing the conflict, offering safety to civilians in high-risk areas. In practice, however, the Syrian government and its allies continued to target those areas. According to the report, 2,019 civilians were killed in the suburbs of Damascus, 1,512 in Raqqa, 1,352 in Aleppo, as well as 1,324 in Deir ez-Zour and 1,256 in Idlib. Bashar al-Assad’s army, engaged in reconquering the areas controlled by ISIS and PKK/PYD groups, whose terrorists killed 1,737 civilians, is responsible for the death and torture of a total of 4,148 civilians.

The conflict in Syria evolved from a bloody crackdown on protests in 2011 to a devastating war that has drawn in world powers. The SNHR report appeals to the international community to press Assad regime allies to stop the bombardment responsible for the deaths of Syrian civilians, the main victims of this conflict.


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