Rights Group: 814 Civilians Killed across Syria in July
A total of 814 civilians were killed across Syria in July, which saw a 11% rise in the percentage of the casualties among women and children, the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said.
In a report released on Tuesday, the SNHR said that the victims included 248 civilians, including 62 children and 33 women who were killed by the Assad regime. It added that 18 people were killed under torture.
The victims also included 44 civilians, including 9 children and 10 women, who the monitoring group said were killed in suspected Russian airstrikes.
According to the SNHR’s report, 225 civilians, including 70 children and 45 women, were killed in airstrikes by the international anti-ISIS coalition.
The ISIS extremist group killed 91 civilians, including 24 children and 11 women, the SNHR added. Militias of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) killed 59 civilians, including 11 children and 9 women, while 5 civilians, including a child, were killed by Jabhat Alnusra militant group.
The report said that women and children comprised 52 percent of the total number of casualties in July, up from 41 percent during the month of June.
In July 22, the rights group released a report under the title: “The Yellow Aggression” documenting the death of 1,400 civilians in the province of Raqqa northeast of Syria. With the title referring to the yellow flags of the PYD militias, the report documented other violations in the province between November 6, 2016 and June 30, 2017 by all parties to the conflict.
The SNHR called on the UN Security Council and concerned international organizations to shoulder their responsibility towards these killings and to put pressure on the Assad regime to stop the deliberate and indiscriminate shelling of civilians. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department + Agencies)