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Tuesday, 02 February 2016 15:48

Rights Group: 1,382 Civilians Killed in January, Half of them in Russian Airstrikes

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said it had documented 1,382 civilians killed across Syria in January at the hands of the Assad regime and its allied foreign militias as well as in Russian airstrikes. The SNHR added that Russian airstrikes accounted for nearly 679 deaths of the total death toll.

In a report released yesterday, the SNHR said the deaths resulting from the Russian attacks included 94 children and 73 women. The report said the majority of the victims of the Russian aerial bombardment were recorded in the provinces of Deir Ezzor, Aleppo, Idlib, Al-Raqqa and Al-Hasaka.

The Syrian Coalition earlier said that “Russia is following in the footsteps of the murderous Assad regime in deliberately and unabashedly targeting civilians seeing them as easy and slow-moving targets. Through its airstrikes on Syria, Russia has only ravaged peaceful villages and towns and killed unarmed civilians.”

“Russia and the Assad regime continue to violate UN Security Council resolution 2254 which calls for an immediate cessation of all attacks against civilians. These violations, however, have been met with absolute silence by the international community, which serves the Assad regime’s efforts to prevent any political solution,” the Syrian Coalition added.

The Syrian Coalition emphasized that “this complete disregard for Syrians’ blood is a shameful stain on humanity and the international community which claims to respect freedoms and human rights while keeping silent over a crime of this magnitude. This undoubtedly represents explicit support for these crimes and complicity in impeding a political solution and disrupting the negotiations.” (Source: Syrian Coalition)