Russian air strikes killed between 1,096 and 1,448 in Syria - Airwars
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Russian air strikes killed between 1,096 and 1,448 in Syria - Airwars

Orient Net - Digital Journal
Date: 2016-03-29 20:36
Russian air strikes in Syria likely killed more than 1,000 civilians in the country during the last quarter of 2015, the Airwars monitoring group said Tuesday.

The London-based group gathered media and social media reports -- as well as accounts from rebel groups and non-governmental organizations -- to compile a grim database detailing every known civilian casualty incident that allegedly involved Russian aircraft.

Airwars said its provisional view was that from September 30 -- when Russia entered the Syrian war to shore up the regime of Bashar al-Assad -- and December 31, between 1,096 and 1,448 civilian non-combatants were "likely" to have been killed in 192 Syrian incidents "where Russian strikes appear to have taken place in the near vicinity on that date."

The group also said that 1,700 civilians were "credibly reported injured" in the 192 incidents, an inevitable consequence of Russia’s use of non-precision munitions.

"As well as inflicting excessive civilian casualties, Russia is credibly reported to have extensively targeted civilian infrastructure in Syria -- with water treatment plants, bakeries, food distribution depots and aid convoys all struck," Airwars added.

Moscow has denied hitting civilians and says its strikes target "terrorists."

The claimed toll for the three-month period is higher than the total supposedly killed by the US-led coalition that has been hitting Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria since August 2014.

Airwars acknowledged that in some incidents, it was unclear whether the civilians died as a result of Russian bombs or attacks by the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

Airwars is a collaborative group made up of journalists, researchers and analysts.

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