964 Civilians Killed in May 2017
The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) recently published a report detailing the death toll in Syria throughout May 2017. The total deaths included 964 civilian victims.
The largest civilian causalities were at the hands of International Coalition Forces and Extremist Islamic Groups, a change from the Syrian Regime normally being the largest influential party in the death toll distribution.
International Coalition Forces was the largest perpetrator with a total of 273 civilians, including 89 children and 58 women throughout the month of May. The second largest portion of civilian casualties were at the hands of ISIS and other extremist groups, with a total of 268 civilians, including 47 women and 61 children.
A decrease in killing this month was due to the de-escalation zones agreement that went into effect on May 6, 2017. The deal, signed by Russia, Turkey and Iran , aimed to reduce the violence in Syria throughout four zones including the Idlib province, the Rastan and Talbiseh enclave in northern Homs, Eastern Ghota and the rebel-controlled boarder with Jordan.
The report notes that these areas did indeed see a reduction in killings after the agreement. The biggest decline in killings came from the Syrian and Russian Regimes, with an estimated 69% drop from previous months. However, Syria saw a dramatic increase in killing at the hands of International Forces and Extremist groups.
International Coalition forces have killed more civilians in the month of May than any other party, at roughly 29% of their total victims.
The report also notes that roughly 72 civilians dies from torture or drowned at sea fleeing the bombings in Syria. These numbers include 24 children and 9 women.
While death tolls by the Syrian and Russian Regimes have dropped, the alliance have still continued to violate international human rights laws by directly attacking civilians. Also, ISIS, Kurdish Self-Management forces, some armed opposition factions, and international coalition forces, have perpetrated a number of crimes of extrajudicial killing which constitutes war crimes.
- Government forces: 241
- Russian forces: 13
- ISIS: 268
- Armed opposition factions: 48
- International Coalition forces: 273
- Other Parties: 72
- Kurdish Forces: 54