A total of 5,233 civilians have been killed in Syria since Russia began airstrikes against opponents of the Syrian regime in 2015, according to a Syrian NGO.
The fatalities included 1,417 children and 886 women, the London-based Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said in a statement on Sunday.
Ostensibly, Russian forces entered the Syrian conflict to join the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). But in reality, Russian air power has been used indiscriminately against civilian targets in rebel-held areas.
“Only 15% of the Russian attacks targeted Daesh-held areas in Syria,” the NGO said.
According to the SNHR, Russia used cluster munitions 212 times in Syria, citing that most of the attacks had taken place in the northwestern province of Idlib.
The report said that Russian raids in Syria had forced 2.3 million civilians to flee their homes.