The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that at least 286 civilians, including 73 children and 30 women, were killed across Syria in January 2020, mostly at the hands of the Assad regime and Russian forces.
In a report issued on Tuesday, the monitoring group said that the victims included a medical worker, three civil defense volunteers, and seven people who died due to torture.
The Network said that it recorded no fewer than 111 attacks against vital civilian centers, 105 of which were carried out by the Assad regime and Russian forces. It also said that the majority of these attacks took place in Idlib province, adding that the attacks targeted 14 schools, three medical centers, and 33 on places worship.
The Assad regime forces used cluster munitions in at least three attacks and barrel bombs in around 353 others in Idlib, Aleppo, and Hama provinces.
The report indicated that the Assad regime and Russian attacks mainly targeted civilians, adding that these forces committed various crimes during the reporting period, including extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detention, torture and enforced disappearance. It also said that these attacks destroyed structures and buildings.
According to the report, the Assad regime violated international humanitarian law and customary international law as well as UN Security Council resolutions, especially resolutions 2139 and 2042 on the release of detainees, and resolution 2254.
The Network called on the Security Council to take additional measures pursuant to the issuance of resolution 2254 as it stressed the need to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court and hold all those involved, including the Russian regime, accountable after its responsibility for war crimes was proved. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)