1,241 Civilians Killed In Syria In March 2018: 68% In Eastern Ghouta
Among the high death tolls this month, 68% took place in Eastern Ghouta due to heavy fighting in the area. A total of 1,241 civilians were killed in Syria, including 295 children and 243 women according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR).
Despite de-escalation zones in Eastern Ghouta, 874 civilian deaths took place in the area, at the hands of the Syrian Regime. Security Council resolution 2401 was adopted due to the magnitude of fighting in the area on February 24th 2018. The resolution provided a cessation of hostilities and attempted to get the passage of aid into the area.
On March 23rd, an agreement was announced in Syria. The Al-Rahman corps and other regime forces agreed to withdraw from Eastern Ghouta and displace residents that remained in the middle sector. The agreement so far has been held through the remainder of March 2018.
Syrian Regime Forces were the largest perpetrator of civilian deaths this month, with a total of 914 civilians, including 203 children and 186 women. Of the 874 deaths in Eastern Ghouta, 834 of the deaths were at the hands of the Syrian Regime.
The total civilian death tolls for 2018 has reached 3,404 people. Roughly 80% of those deaths have been at the hands of the Syrian Regime and their allies.
The SNHR report sheds light on the different methods used by each party causing civilian casualties in Eastern Ghouta this month. Despite the area being virtually untouched for over a year, Syrian Regime forces used barrel bombs extensively in the area, leading to a record number of civilians deaths by that weapon since the start of the conflict in March 2011. The de-escalation agreement of May 2017 was still in effect in the four established zones of the Idlib governate, nothern Homs, Eastern Ghouta and parts of Daraa and al Quneitra until the attacks on Eastern Ghouta. In May 2017, Russia, USA and Jordan also announced a ceasefire agreement for southwestern Syria including the Daraa, Quneitra and Suwayda governates.
Death Tolls: -Government forces: 914 - Russian forces: 92 - ISIS: 39 - Armed opposition factions: 3 - International Coalition forces: 7 - Other Parties: 152 - Kurdish Forces: 34