The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that the Assad regime and Russian forces committed wholesale crimes and violations against civilians in Syria during the month of March, most notably in eastern Ghouta which is coming under a brutal onslaught.
In a report released on Sunday, the monitoring group said that attacks by the Assad regime and Russian forces claimed the lives of at least 1,006 civilians across Syria in March, including 203 children and 186 women. The victims also included 12 people who were killed under torture in the prisons of the Assad regime. The report indicated that the Russian forces were responsible for the death of 92 people, including 46 children and 14 women.
According to the report, violence continued with the same intensity as in February. It indicated that 92% of the victims were killed in eastern Ghouta, which is coming under a ferocious onslaught by the Assad regime and its allies.
These figures brought the death toll in Syria in 2018 to 3,404 people killed, 80 percent of whom were killed by the Assad regime and Russia, the report added.
The Network said that 34 civilians, including a child and seven women, were killed by the PYD militia in March, while 39 civilians were killed by hardline militant groups. Of these, 30 civilians, including six children and two women, were killed by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham militant group, while ISIS was responsible for the death of nine others, including four children. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)