SNHR: 898 attacks targeted vital Syrian civilian facilities in 2017

Orient Net 2018-01-09 08:30:00

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SNHR has published its special periodic report on attacks against vital civilian facilities by the parties to the conflict in Syria.

The report stresses that Syrian-Russian alliance have initiated a vicious offensive against Eastern Ghouta on the 14th of last November despite a de-escalation agreement that was reached in Eastern Ghouta between Jaish al Islam, an armed opposition faction, and Russian forces under an Egyptian sponsorship on Saturday, July 22, 2017, and was followed by a similar agreement with Failaq al Rahman faction that established the faction’s inclusion in the de-escalation zone in Eastern Ghouta on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.


The report documents no less than 898 attacks on vital civilian facilities in 2017, including 431 attacks by Syrian regime forces and 239 attacks by Russian forces. Additionally, international coalition forces were responsible for 101 attacks on vital civilian facilities while ISIS was responsible for 29 attacks and Hay’at Tahrir al Sham for nine attacks. Also, factions from the armed opposition were responsible for 15 attacks whereas Self-Management forces were responsible for eight attacks. Lastly, other parties were responsible for 66 attacks.


The report breaks down the vital civilian facilities that were attacked in 2017 which were divided into: 301 infrastructures, 182 places of worship, 170 vital educational facilities, 139 vital medical facilities, 69 communal facilities, 11 international humanitarian insignia, 22 refugee camps, and four vital cultural facilities.


The report records 53 incidents of attack in December, including 23 by Syrian regime forces and 20 by Russian forces while the remaining attacks were distributed as follows: three by Hay’at Tahrir al Sham, two by ISIS, two by international coalition forces, two by other parties, and one by factions from the armed opposition.