The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that it had documented – in a new toll – the killing of about half a million people since the beginning of the protests in the country in 2011, after the last toll published by the observatory last March, the tenth anniversary of the outbreak of the revolution.
He stated that he had documented the killing of 494,438 Syrians since the start of the crisis in March 2011, when peaceful protests demanded reforms and the overthrow of Bas har al-Assad’s regime, before the authorities confronted them with repression and turned into an armed conflict. Read also 10 bleak lessons the world learned after a decade of war in Syria Stratfor: Washington’s fears of diving into Syria haunt Biden’s mission there The Syrian war … the tragedy of the ten years
Three months ago, the observatory had counted, in its last report on the anniversary of the outbreak of the revolution, the killing of more than 388,000 Syrians, and the director of the observatory, Rami Abdel Rahman, explained – in a statement to Agence France-Presse – that the last months, which witnessed an unprecedented calm in the conflict, “allowed us to document tens of thousands of people.” The dead we had undocumented information about.”
Since the beginning of 2021, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has been able to document the killing of 105,015 people. The director of the observatory said that the majority of them died between the end of 2012 and the end of 2015, including 42,103 civilians, a large part of whom died as a result of torture in the prisons of the Assad regime.
Documenting the victims
The intensity of the fighting in Syria has subsided for more than a year, especially as a result of an agreement between Russia and Turkey to cease fire in Idlib Governorate and its environs in the northwest of the country, following a widespread attack by the regime forces, with the support of Moscow, to control the last strongholds of the opposition.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented the killing of 57,567 detainees in the prisons of the Syrian regime, while it is still working to document the killing of more than 47,000 also under torture and as a result of poor prison conditions.
The tenth year of the war recorded the lowest death toll since the outbreak of the conflict, as 159,774 civilians were killed, including more than 25,000 children. The majority of civilians were killed as a result of attacks by the regime forces and militias loyal to them.
Among the total dead in the Syrian war, more than 168,000 fighters from the regime forces and groups loyal to them, more than half of them are Syrian soldiers, in addition to nearly 80,000 dead from the opposition factions, and 27,765 from other groups, most notably Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra). And 40,628 members of the Islamic State.
The observatory documented the killing of 57,567 detainees in the prisons of the Assad regime, and is still working on documenting the death of more than 47,000 people also under torture and as a result of poor prison conditions, while the fate of tens of thousands of missing and kidnapped persons at the warring parties remains unknown.
And 10 years of war led to the destruction of infrastructure and the depletion of the economy, and the displacement and displacement of more than half of Syria’s population inside and outside the country.
Last week, Assad was re-elected – as expected – for a fourth term, in the second elections since the outbreak of the revolution. Western and opposition forces have questioned the integrity of the ballot, in which al-Assad won 95.1% of the vote.