The Syrian National Coalition’s Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU) issued a special report detailing the casualties and the number of the internally displaced persons as a result of attacks by the Assad regime and Russian forces on the ‘de-escalation zone’ in northwestern Syria.
The report, which covers the period between March 1 and August 24, indicated that the Assad regime’s and Russian forces bombed at least 34 hospitals and clinics, 32 schools, 26 mosques, 10 IDPs camps, nine bakeries, 14 popular markets, and 17 civil defense centers and rescue workers while helping victims of the Russian and regime bombardment.
The Unit said that its researchers registered the deaths of no fewer than 1,166 civilians during the reporting period, including 262 children and 180 women.
Of those, 336 civilians were killed in May and 308 others in July, the aid group said, noting that whole villages and towns were deserted as a result of the intensive bombardment and shelling.
The bombing campaign forced at least 551,976 people to flee their homes and shelters, the Unit said, adding that of those, 469,393 sought refuge in Idlib province while 82,583 others fled to western rural Aleppo.
ACU issued its first report on the number of IDPs in September 2018 when it documented the displacement of 85,233 civilians. The second report, which was released in December 2018, documented the displacement of 21,243 civilians. The third report, which was issued on May 7, documented the displacement of 143,710 civilians. The fourth report, which was issued on May 19, documented the displacement of 202,689 civilians. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)