814 Civilians Killed in July 2017
The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) recently published a report detailing the death tolls in Syria throughout July 2017. The total deaths included 814 civilian victims, the majority of which were at the hands of Syrian Regime Forces and International Coalition Forces.
The largest civilian causalities were at the hands of Syrian Regime Forces and International Coalition Forces, with Russian forces distributing significantly less deaths than normal again this month, keeping to the de-escalation agreement of May 2017.
Syrian Regime Forces was the largest perpetrator with a total of 248 civilians, including 62 children and 33 women throughout the month of July. The second largest portion of civilian casualties were at the hands of International Coalition Forces, with a total of 225 civilians, including 45 women and 70 children.
The death tolls perpetrated by ISIS is also noteworthy. The report shows that ISIS killed at least 91 civilians this month, including 24 children and 11 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.
These agreements did contribute to a decrease in killing in those areas compared to previous months. However, the overall death tolls as compared to July 2016 did not see a drastic decrease, as most would have hoped. While market places have become more active and reports show Syrian's returning home, the breaches and war crimes have not stopped up to this point.
The SNHR report calls on the Security Council to "uphold their responsibilities in relation to the crimes of killing that is being perpetrated ceaselessly and to apply pressure on the Syrian government to stop the deliberate and indiscriminate shelling against civilians."
- Government forces: 248
- Russian forces: 44
- ISIS: 96
- Armed opposition factions: 23
- International Coalition forces: 225
- Other Parties: 119
- Kurdish Forces: 59