Syrian Conflict In Six Years
The Syrian Network For Human Rights (SNHR) reports on the sixth anniversary of the uprising, that the death toll for civilians has reached 207,000, 94% of which were at the hands of the Syrian-Iranian-Russian Alliance. Of the 207,000 civilians killed, 24,000 were children and 23,000 females.
The SNHR released a report recently entitled: “The 6th Anniversary of the Breakout of the Popular Uprising towards Freedom, and the Killing of the First Civilians” that discusses the civilian death toll, victims of torture, medical personnel deaths and media activist deaths. The SNHR notes that these deaths started after an uprising six years prior that simply called for peace and justice.
According to the SNHR, the Syrian Regime is responsible for over 92% of the civilian casualties overall including 85% of the children casualties and 87% of the female casualties over the course of the last six years. A majority of the Syrian Regime caused deaths were due to aerial bombardments and heavy artillery tanks.
The Syrian Regime has also been a cited as using torture against civilians over the last six years, killing a total of 12,987 people by torture. It is also worth noting that 743 medical personnel have been killed, as well as 615 media activist by all parties.
While Russia has claimed to be inside Syria to fight ISIS, they have targeted and killed more Syrians than ISIS even though they entered Syria more than two years after. They have also killed more Syrians than they have ISIS members. It is also worth noting that Russia has more powerful artillery than ISIS, and therefore has more power to cause deaths.
The SNHR states that it is the, "responsibility to protect civilians falls, first and foremost, upon the state and its apparatuses to protect the people." They continue to say that when a state such as Syria is not abiding by it's duty, but rather using their state to commit violence, "there has to be an international system in place."
Syrian Observatory For Human Rights