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Over these five years one hard truth has been constant: civilians have borne the brunt of the explosive weapons use around the world. 77% of the total number of deaths and injuries (145,565) recorded were ordinary people going about their daily business. In some years, the percentage of civilians harmed in this way rose as high as 82%. Despite on-going efforts to reduce civilian harm in warzones, the stark message of our report is this: the majority of those reported harmed by explosive violence worldwide are still civilians and will continue to be so unless dramatic international efforts take place. When explosive weapons were used in areas defined as ‘populated’ – i.e. having a likely high concentration of civilians – the percentage of those killed or injured who were civilians reaches an average of 91%.
Over these five years one hard truth has been constant: civilians have borne the brunt of the explosive weapons use around the world
SNHR ( Syrian Network For Human Rights ) has published its periodic death toll report for the month of July 2016 in which it documented the killing of 1557 civilians at the hands of the main influential parties in Syria. The report notes that SNHR team encounters difficulties in documenting victims from armed opposition factions as many of those victims are killed on battlefronts and not inside cities. Also, we aren’t able to obtain details such as names, pictures and other important details on account of the armed opposition forces’ unwillingness to reveal such information for security concerns among other reasons. Therefore, the actual number of victims is much greater than what is being recorded.
The Russian regime is claiming that Russia intervened in Syria to protect the Syrian people from the terrors of the extreme group ISIS. From our perspective, the Syrian people welcomes anyone who would help get rid of extremist groups with open arms. That, however, should be through practical and actual means and not merely a pretext to justify and mitigate a military interference as we haven’t ever touched on any serious methods to protect the Syrian people from extremist groups whether by Russian forces or by the international coalition forces. All what have been done is a military action that lacks a popular approval firstly, and secondly this military action has failed to protect the Syrian civilians from the savagery of the Syrian regime which is the primary base and justification for the existence of such extremist groups. A remarkably important point that must be noted is that ISIS emerged in Syria on 9 April 2013, while Russian forces entered Syria on 30 September 2015; two and a half years after ISIS. Nonetheless, Russian forces have killed more civilians than ISIS has according to the most recent report by SNHR: “Russia’s Red Square is Tainted with Syrian Blood” which was published on 16 August 2016 and according to 14 others reports on the violations that have been perpetrated by Russian forces since its involvement begun. Russian forces have killed no less than 2704 civilians including 746 children and 514 women between 30 September 2015, the day when Russia entered the Syrian conflict, and the end of July 2016. Among the victims were: Medics: 28 medics including eight women Media activists: 10 media activists All of these numbers and statistics are recorded with names, place and date of death, way of killing, and other details. In contrast, ISIS has killed no less than 2686 civilians including 368 children and 323 women between 9 April 2013, the day when ISIS was established, and the end of July 2016. Among the victims were: Medics: 34 medics including four female doctors and 11 female nurses. Media activists: 57 media activists including foreign journalists and photographers.