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SNHR : “Syrian government forces kill 3,000 civilians in sectarian massacres since 2011”

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Editing: Mohamad Alaa |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith
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Publication date: 2019/01/17 15:58

Turkey - SMART

On Thursday, the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) documented that the Syrian government forces and loyalist militias have killed 3,028 civilians, including 531 children and 472 women in sectarian crimes since the start of the Syrian Revolution in 2011.

The SNHR is a non-governmental and non-partisan organization, founded in June 2011, that monitors the Syrian Civil War. It is committed to all international criteria and declarations. SNHR aims to document human rights violations in Syria and to defend Syrian human rights in front of international forums and bodies.

The SNHR published a report saying that the Syrian government forces killed 1,040 people, including 209, 200 women, and ten fighters of the Free Syrian Army in 22 massacres in the Homs governorate, Central Syria. The report added that the Syrian government forces killed 197 civilians, including 21 children, 20 women in eight massacres.

The report said that the Syrian government forces killed 416 people, including five fighters whom, the report described as  “opposition armed fighters,” 63 children, and 34 women in eight massacres in the Aleppo governorate, Northern Syria. The Syrian government forces killed 35 civilians, including seven children and eight women in two massacres in the Idlib governorate, Northern Syria.  

The Syrian government forces committed five massacres in the Rif Dimashq governorate, Southern Syria, killing 686 people, including 120 children, 113 women, and 55 of opposition fighters. The Syrian government forces killed 59 civilians, including six children and ten women in two massacres in the Daraa governorate, Southern Syria.  

The report documented the killing of 192 civilians, including seven children and 12 women in a massacre that the Syrian government forces committed in the al-Joura and al-Qusoor neighborhood in the city of Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria.

The report added that the Syrian government forces killed 473 civilians, including 98 children and 75 women in two massacres in the Tartus Governorate, Western Syria.

The SNHR said that by committing these crimes, the Syrian government seeks a sectarian conflict to distract the attention of the major conflict between revolutionary street action and a dictator regime.

The SNHR published the report on the anniversary of the massacre in the village of al-Hasswiyah, 5 kilometers west of Homs, committed by the Syrian government forces, loyalist militias, and other Iranian militias on January 15, 2013. The SNHR then documented the killing of 108 civilians, including 25 children and 17 women.

On January 7, 2019, the SNHR documented that the Syrian government forces dropped 26,000 barrel bombs on Syrian areas since the Russian military intervention in September 2015.