The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) reported that attacks by Assad regime forces and Russia in northwestern Syria resulted in the deaths of approximately 45 civilians, including 13 children, 9 women, and 3 humanitarian workers, and the targeting of 51 vital facilities between October 5 and October 12, 2023.
In a report issued on Friday, the Network stated that out of the total casualties, 44 civilians, including 12 children and 9 women, were killed by Assad regime forces, while one child lost their life due to Russian forces.
The report documented at least 51 attacks on vital civilian centers, with 49 incidents attributed to regime forces and 2 to Russian forces. Specifically, there were 13 attacks on schools, 8 on medical facilities, 5 on Syrian Civil Defense centers and vehicles, 8 on mosques, and 6 on camps for internally displaced people.
The report also recorded at least one attack involving cluster munitions by regime forces in Idlib province, leading to the death of one civilian and the injury of at least 8 others. Additionally, the report highlighted at least 3 attacks using incendiary weapons in civilian areas located far from the frontlines, all attributed to regime forces.
The report included recommendations for the UN Security Council, urging it to issue a resolution to stabilize the ceasefire in Idlib and impose punitive measures for all violators of the ceasefire. It also called for Syria to be referred to the International Criminal Court, with all individuals involved held accountable, including the Russian regime, given the evidence of its involvement in war crimes.
The rights group further called on the United Nations General Assembly to hold the Assad regime and Russia accountable for these attacks, which resulted in the deaths of numerous civilians, and to exert pressure on the UN Security Council to take action to protect Syrian civilians.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)