The Main Parties Killing Civilians in Syria
The Syrian Network For Human Rights (SNHR) reports on the six main parties that are killing civilians in Syria and the death toll percentage distribution among them. All parties have killed less than 15,000 Syrian civilians, except for the Syrian Regime who have killed over 188,000.
The SNHR report concludes that of the 203,097 civilians killed from March 2011 to November 2016, the Syrian Regime forces have killed 188729 of those victims. The Regime death toll amounts to over 92% of the total lives lost in Syria in that time frame.
Of the 203,097 victims, 22,823 or those victims were women and 23,863 victims were children. Over 86% of the women and children victims were at the hands of the Syrian Regime.
The report also concludes that 12,836 victims died from torture at the hands of parties in Syria. This number included 54 women and 163 children. The mass majority of these victims were tortured at the hands of the Syrian government, at over 99% of the total casualties.
The SNHR also highlights the killing of 719 medical personnel in the time frame from March 2011 to November 2016, as well as 599 media activists.
“What makes us feel the need to reemphasize what is already known and well-established in the evolution of the popular uprising into an armed conflict is the western mindset that is still exclusively focused on fighting transnational extremist Islamic groups and has overlooked the terrorism of the ruling regime and the transnational militias that allied with the regime even though these groups have been the main responsible for the killings and have vastly surpassed all the other parties in committing all kinds of crimes and violations in Syria.” says Fadel Abdul Ghani, chairman of SNHR
It is important to note that while Russian Regime and ISIS causalities seems small, readers must remember that they did not enter the conflict until 2013. ISIS has killed more than 2998 civilians during their time in Syria. Even more concerning, is the 3558 civilian casualties at the hands of Russian Forces, who claim they are in Syria to defeat ISIS forces.
The SNHR says "The report hold the international community, represented by the Security Council, fully responsible for the protection of civilians and calls for recording all what is happening in detail in order to hold the criminals and their accomplices accountable throughout ages."
Syrian Observatory For Human Rights