The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that nearly 872 civilians, over 285 of them women and children, were killed across Syria in May. The network noted that these figures clearly indicate a deliberate targeting by government forces of civilians.
In a report released on Wednesday, the monitoring group said that regime forces and the regime’s loyal militias were responsible for the death of around 498 civilians, including 89 children and 73 women. The report added that 46 people were killed due to torture in Assad’s prisons.
The report pointed out that 49 civilians, including 15 children and 6 women, were killed in airstrikes by Russian forces in May. Moreover, the network said that 6 civilians, including a child, were killed by the PYD militias.
The ISIS group was responsible for the death of around 183 civilians, including 21 children, 38 women, and 4 died under torture by the terrorist group, according to the SNHR.
The report added it that it documented the death of 15 civilians, including 8 children and 3 women, by the international anti-ISIS coalition forces during May.
The report said that 30 civilians, including 2 children and 4 women, drowned on their way to Europe or died in bombings the perpetrators of which could not be identified by the SNHR.
The rights group noted that one day after the opposition’s High Negotiations Committee announced it was suspending its participation in the Geneva negotiations on 19 April, regime and Russian forces resumed bombardment of opposition areas, which caused the number of killings to rise to the level it was at before the cessation of hostilities agreement took effect on February 27. (Source: Syrian Coalition)