16,913 Civilians Killed In Syria In 2017
The Syrian Network For Human Rights (SNHR) reports the death toll for the year 2016, concluding an estimated 16,913 civilians were killed by the main influential parties in Syria. The causalities include 1,984 children and 1,237 women. The two main parties killing civilians were the Syrian Regime with 8,736 civilians killed, and the Russian Forces with 3,967 civilians killed.
The SNHR also reports that the Syrian Regime took part in force arresting 7,543 civilians including 251 children and 448 women. 447 civilians also died due to torture, according to the SNHR.
The Syrian Regime and main influential parties continued to target media and medical professionals in 2016. The SNHR concludes that 86 media activist and 112 medical professionals were killed in Syria.
In 2016, the Russian forces became a main perpetrate of war crime in Syria next to the Syrian Regime. In 2016 alone, the Russian forces killed 3,967 civilians, including 1,042 children and 684 women. They continually targeted medical centers and the city of Aleppo, leading to a humanitarian crisis.
The report documented the use of chemical weapons and cluster attacks. The SNHR concluded that chemical weapons were used in 15 attacks, 14 of which were by the Syrian Regime. Of the 171 cluster attacks used, the SNHR documented that 148 were used by the Russian Forces and 22 by the Syrian Regime.
The SNHR urges, "the states of the world to support the Syrian people in the extraordinary, on all levels, tragedy they are experiencing, and to apply pressure in the Security Council in order to take urgent action to save what can be saved." It is up to the international community to cease the human rights violations being perpetrated against the civilians of Syria.