Rights Group: Nearly 1,000 Civilians Were Killed in Syria in November
The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that at least 996 civilians, including 211 children and 113 women, were killed across Syria in November. It noted that 80 percent of the victims were killed by the Assad regime and its Russian ally.
In a report released on Friday, the rights group said that 503 civilians, including 74 children and 51 women, were killed by the Assad regime forces. It pointed out that nine more people were killed under torture in the prisons of the Assad regime. At least 279 civilians, including 95 children and 44 women, were killed in Russian airstrikes, the Network added. The victims also included 114 civilians, including 16 children and 10 women, who were killed by the ISIS extremist group.
The monitoring group went on to say that 15 civilians, including a child and two women, were killed by the militia of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in November. Six more civilians were killed in airstrikes by the international anti-ISIS coalition forces.
The report also listed 74 civilians, including 24 children and 5 women, who drowned in the sea trying to reach Europe or killed in bombings and landmine explosions that the SNHR said were untraceable.
The Assad-regime Russian alliance has been responsible for the majority of civilian deaths in Syria for the third consecutive month, the report added. The ISIS extremist group came 2nd in terms of responsibility for civilian casualties in November. The Network recorded an unprecedented drop in civilian casualties by the US-led coalition forces in the reporting period.
The Network earlier said that 10,034 civilians have been killed in Syria since the beginning of 2017 by parties to the conflict in Syria. According to a report the rights group published on November 26, a total of 24,746 females have been killed in Syria since the beginning of the Syrian revolution in March 2011. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)