Are Russian Airstrikes Killing Civilians in Syria?

Are Russian Airstrikes Killing Civilians in Syria?

Are Russian Airstrikes Killing Civilians in Syria?

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has documented 39891 airstrikes carried out by the regime air force in a year ended Oct. 20, where the airstrikes targeted several villages, towns and cities in 13 provinces.

According to SOHR, the regime helicopters dropped 21285 barrel bombs on different areas in the provinces of Rif Dimashq, Aleppo, Homs, Hama, al- Hasakah, Deir Ezzor, al- Quneitera, al- Suwaydaa, Daraa, Idlib and Lattakia.

Meanwhile, the regime warplanes carried out at least 18606 raids on areas in the provinces of Damascus, Rif Dimashq, Aleppo, Homs, Hama, al- Hasakah, Deir Ezzor, al- Raqqa, al- Quneitera, Daraa, al- Suwaydaa, Idlib and Lattakia.

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In addition, hundreds of airstrikes carried out by the Russian air force left 370 victims; 127 civilians, including 36 children and 34 women, and 243 fighters from Jabhat al- Nusra, IS, the rebel and Islamist factions, according to SOHR.

SOHR also documented the death of 6317 civilians, including 899 women, and 1334 children, due to aerial bombardment carried out by the regime warplanes and helicopters, while about 33000 civilians were wounded and dozens of thousands displaced. The aerial bombardment also resulted in destroying public and private people’s properties as well as it left huge material damages in several areas.

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On the other hand, SOHR says, the air raids and barrel bombs dropped on hundreds areas in the Syrian provinces resulted in the death of 3378 fighters from IS, Jabhat al- Nusra, the rebel and Islamist factions, thousands of others wounded too.

With the escalation of airstrikes carried out by the regime and Russian air forces on different areas in Syria without distinguishing between the civilian and military targets, SOHR holds the international community the moral responsibility towards the daily killing committed against the Syrian people.

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It demands the International Security Council to work seriously to stop the daily killing and displacing the Syrians and to help them reach to the state of democracy, justice, freedom and equality that ensure all rights for all component of the Syrian people without discrimination.

It also re-call the UN Security Council to issue a binding resolution to stop the military operations in Syria and to refer the file of war crimes and crimes against humanity to the International Criminal Court.

Photo courtesy: SOHR

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