876 Civilians Killed in February 2017
Including 489 at the hands of the Syrian-Russian Regime
SNHR has published its periodic death toll report for the month of February 2017 in which it documented the killing of 876 civilians at the hands of the main influential parties in Syria.
The report notes that there has been a decent and notable drop in the rates of killing throughout Syria, since the Ankara Ceasefire Agreement went into effect, especially in the areas under the control of armed opposition factions, as the Syrian regime-held areas aren’t subjected to heavy, daily aerial bombardment, which has resulted in the killing of no less than 60% the victims, and destroyed buildings, displacing the people of Syria.
The report sheds light on the fallouts in the wake of the agreement regarding the aspects of live for civilians, where more patients are now going to hospitals and medical points, and many children are enrolling again in schools after they were denied that for fear of being killed in light of the frequent targeting of schools, as well as hospitals. Also, markets are more lively, and many infrastructure services are being rehabilitated. Nonetheless, breaches didn’t stop, mainly by the Syrian regime, who is seemingly the party that would be affected the most should the ceasefire go on, especially crimes of extrajudicial killing, and, more horrendously, dying due to torture, which strongly proves that there is some sort of ceasefire on the table. The crimes, however, that the international community wasn’t able to notice, and particularly the Turkish and Russian sponsors, are still ongoing as nothing has changed in that regard.
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