Monday, 07 August 2017 21:21

Rights Group: 264 Civilians Killed in 24 Massacres in July

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said it had documented 28 massacres that took place across Syria during the month of July, including 14 massacres that were committed by the international anti-ISIS coalition forces.

In its monthly report that was released on Sunday, the rights group said that 10 massacres were committed by regime forces, three by the Russian forces, and one by groups that the Network said were untraceable.

According to the report, the massacres claimed the lives of 264 people, including 106 children and 55 women. It indicated that women and children accounted for about 61% of the total number of victims. The rights group noted that regime forces killed 95 people, while 30 civilians were killed by the Russian forces.

The Network went on to say that the victims included 32 civilians who were killed by the international anti-ISIS forces, while seven civilians were killed in attacks that the watchdog group said were untraceable.

The international anti-ISIS coalition forces committed nine massacres in Raqqa, three in Hasaka, and two in Deir Ezzor.

The report listed five other massacres in Deir Ezzor province, two in Raqqa, one in each of Rural Damascus, Hama, Swaidaa, and one in dlib.

SNHR went on to say that at least 216 massacres have been committed by the warring parties across Syria since the beginning of 2017.

The Network concluded its report by calling on the international community to put pressure on the Assad regime to allow the UN Commission of Inquiry into Syria and give unfettered access to relief and human rights organizations and journalists. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media department + Agencies)

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