772 Civilians Killed in August 2017
The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) recently published a report detailing the death tolls in Syria throughout August 2017, with a total of 7,203 deaths in 2017 thus far. The total deaths included 772 civilian victims, the majority of which were at the hands of International Coalition Forces and Syrian Regime Forces.
The largest civilian causalities were at the hands of International Coalition Forces and Syrian Regime Forces, with Russian forces distributing significantly less deaths than normal again this month, keeping to the de-escalation agreement of May 2017.
International Coalition Forces were the largest perpetrator with a total of 285 civilians, including 97 children and 58 women throughout the month of August. The second largest portion of civilian casualties were at the hands of Syrian Regime Forces, with a total of 229 civilians, including 24 women and 17 children.
The death tolls perpetrated by ISIS is also noteworthy. The report shows that ISIS killed at least 102 civilians this month, including 22 children and 13 women.
The de-escalation agreement of May 2017 is still in effect in the four established zones of the Idlib governate, nothern Homs, Eastern Ghouta and parts of Daraa and al Quneitra. In May 2017, Russia, USA and Jordan also announced a ceasefire agreement for southwestern Syria including the Daraa, Quneitra and Suwayda governates.
A surprising 69% decrease in killing at the hands of the Syrian-Russian alliance was recorded compared to last April. However, in recent months, there has been a significant increase of deaths at the hands of international coalition forces. This month, they were responsible for a total of 37% of all civilian casualties, 55% of which were women and children.
- Government forces: 229
- Russian forces: 11
- ISIS: 107
- Armed opposition factions: 13
- International Coalition forces: 285
- Other Parties: 73
- Kurdish Forces: 54