Death Tolls Rise During Syria Peace Talks
Despite Geneva peace talks, 942 civilians have been killed in Syria, including 62% at the hands of the Syrian-Iranian-Russian Alliance according to a recent Syrian Network For Human Rights (SNHR) report. The continuation of killing shows that while the conflict is in its sixth year, there are no signs of civilian casualties ending.
Between the Geneva peace talks on February 20, 2017 and March 23, 2017, killings, arrests and other incidents of attacks continued while the international community did little to nothing to prevent them. Syrian forces, paired with their Russian and Iranian allies, killed an estimated 669 civilians, including 159 children and 77 women according to the SNHR report.
A total of 17 schools, 11 medical facilities and 5 markets were also targeted during this time. The Syrian regime had the highest incidents of attacks, including 9 schools, 8 medical facilities and 4 markets. Russia came in second attacking 2 schools, 3 medical facilities and 1 market.
ISIS also played a role in the high number of civilian casualties between Geneva peace talks on February 20, 2017 and March 23, 2017. ISIS was responsible for the deaths of 255 civilians, including 25 children and 8 women. They also took part on the attack on 2 schools.
The SNHR concludes that, "there won’t be a settlement or a negotiation path as long as the U.N. won’t work with local partners to monitor the ceasefire, and hold those who violate it accountable." Their report notes that the bombardment has not ceased for civilians a single day since the start of the Geneva talks on February 20, 2017.