MESOP NEWS REPORT : VLADIMIR PUTIN’S BLOOD-BATH ! – Over 5,000 Syrian Civilians Killed by Russia Since 2015 ( NOBODY CARES ABOUT !)

[04 October 2017] As Russia enters its third year of intervention in Syria, the Syrian Network for Human Rights has released a new report documenting widespread Russian war crimes across Syria. Since its intervention in September 2015, Russian forces have killed 5,233 civilians – almost half of them women and children. Additionally, Russian forces have been responsible for more than 700 attacks on civilian infrastructure such as hospitals and schools, 212 attacks using cluster munitions and 105 attacks using incendiary weapons.

“Russia has consistently defended its intervention by touting the need to defeat ISIS – but our documentation shows that just 15% of Russian attacks have targeted ISIS-held areas. The vast majority of Russian attacks – a staggering 85% – have targeted opposition-held areas,” said Fadel Abdul Ghany, the Executive Director of the Syrian Network for Human Rights. “The consequences of Russia’s intervention have been catastrophic for the Syrian people. In addition to the civilians killed, Syrian Russia’s intervention has forced 2.3 million people out of their homes. Clearly, this is not about terrorism, it is about forcing a population to surrender or die. Russia cannot be considered a partner in peace while it is actively participating in war crimes against the Syrian civilian population.”

SNHR is calling for:

A thorough investigation into Russian violations of IHL since its intervention into Syria, with all findings made public;

Compensation to the Syrian people for damages to infrastructure and homes, and to all victims of Russian attacks and their families;

Enforcement of UNSCR 2254, which prohibits attacks against civilians and civilian objects, such as hospitals and schools;

Accountability for war crimes, including the establishment of special tribunal established by the UN General Assembly with prosecutorial powers;

Expanded sanctions to include Russia, Syria and Iran for their direct involvement in war crimes against the Syrian people.