Thursday, 09 August 2018 17:25

Rights Groups: Assad Regime & its Allies Continue to Commit Massacres Against Syrian Civilians

An independent human rights group said that 15 massacres took place in Syria in July, seven of which were carried out by the Assad regime and the Iranian terrorist militias. The massacres claimed the lives of 219 people, including 38 children and 30 women.

In a new report issued on Wednesday, the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said the Assad regime forces and their allied Iranian militias committed seven massacres, while extremist militant groups committed six others. It also said that the Russian forces committed one massacre, while another massacre was committed by “unknown parties.”

According to SNHR’s report, five massacres took place in Dara’a, five in Suwayda, two in Deir Ezzor, and one in each of Aleppo Quneitra provinces.

The massacres claimed the lives of 219 people, including 38 children and 30 women, the majority of whom were killed by the ISIS extremist group, the monitoring group said.

The report indicated that on July 25 Suweida saw a surprise attack by ISIS militants who killed more than 200 civilians and local loyalist militants.

The figure has brought to 201 the number of massacres committed in Syria since the beginning of 2018, with the Assad regime forces and their allied militias responsible for the majority of these massacres.

Out of 163 countries, Syria was ranked the least peaceful country in the world on the 2018 World Peace Index. The Syrian Coalition stressed that the continued massacres of the Assad regime and the inability of the international community to stop them would constitute an obstacle to reaching a political solution that is needed to ensure the return of security and stability to the region.

The Network called for the launch of an international investigation into the massacres as it said it stood ready to contribute to these investigations and provide investigators with the necessary information. (Source: Syrian Coalitions’ Media Department)

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