The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that no fewer than 24,746 females have been killed in Syria since the beginning of the Syrian revolution in March 2011 to November 2017.
In a new report released on Sunday under the title ‘The Syrian Woman: The Society’s Shattered Half’, the monitoring group said that 13,344 adult females and 11,402 female children have been killed during the reporting period.
The report indicated that Assad regime was responsible for 84.53% of the total number of deaths among females in Syria. Assad forces killed at least 20,919 females, including 310 who suffocated to death in approximately 207 chemical attacks, the report added.
According to SNHR’s report, which marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Russian forces were responsible for the deaths of 988 women, while airstrikes by the international anti-ISIS coalition killed 611 others.
The victims included 573 females who were killed by the ISIS extremist group, while no fewer than 74 females were killed by Qaeda-linked militants, the report said.
Moreover, the report listed 889 females who were killed by hardline militant groups, 136 who were killed by militias of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), and 556 others who were killed by groups that SNHR said were untraceable.
The Network pointed out that at least 6,736 females are still detained in the Assad’s regime detention centers, while 41 women died under torture between March 2011 and November 2017. The ISIS extremist group detained at least 337 females, including 13 who died under torture. The PYD militias detained 257 females, including two who died under torture. Moreover, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham militant group detained 65 females, while 894 females were detained by groups that SNHR said were untraceable.
The report indicated that Assad regime forces used sexual violence as a method of warfare and as a strategic weapon to terrorize the Syrian people and break their will.
The rights group concluded its report by calling on all sides to the conflict, especially the Assad regime, to immediately release all female detainees. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)