Syria 2014 death toll tops 39,000: NGO

More than 39,000 people were killed since the beginning of 2014 during
Syria’s ongoing civil war, a Syrian human rights body said Friday.

According to the Syrian Network of Human Rights, at least 39,021
people were killed during the conflict in the strife-ridden country this
year.

Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad’s government killed 32,507 of
the total toll. Civilians made up 24,430 of the total figure, including
3,629 children and 3,714 women, while 8,077 of the 32,507 were
opposition fighters.

As well as airstrikes used to target civilians, government forces also
carried out attacks using snipers, cluster bombs, and poisonous gas, the
report said.

The Assad government was also blamed for the execution of medical
staff and local media staff members.

The report also included figures of human rights violations carried out
by opposition groups fighting against the government. The opposition
was blamed for the deaths of at least 1,257 people, out of which 1,183
were said to be civilians, including 291 children and 242 women.

With regards to the Islamic State (IS) militant group, the report said IS
attacks in Raqqah, Hasakah, Aleppo and Deir ez-Zor claimed 3,557 lives,
out of which 915 were civilians, including 132 children, 79 women, 11
activists and 2,642 opposition fighters.

The Nusra Front was also held responsible for the death of 124 civilians
and 29 opposition fighters.

Furthermore, the report documented human rights violations carried
out by Syrian Kurdish militant groups, particularly The Democratic
Union Party’s (PYD) responsibility for the deaths of at least 110 people,
including 102 civilians and eight opposition fighters.

The US-led international coalition airstrikes since December killed 40
civilians, including eight children and six women in Raqqah, Deir ez-Zor
and Idlib provinces.

At the same time, 1,397 people died during various bombardments and
illegal migration overseas, according to the report.

The figures provided by the Syrian non-governmental organization
could not be independently verified.
Six killed, 40 injured in airstrikes in Syrian capital
Meanwhile on Friday, six people were killed and 40 others wounded in
airstrikes carried out by forces loyal to president Assad, in Ayn Turma
village in the Syrian capital of Damascus, according to a local
activist.
"The regime’s air forces have bombed the village seized by the
opposition," Abo Mohamed, a local activist from the village, told
an Anadolu Agency correspondent.
Six people, including three children, were killed and 40 others were wounded, including a number of children as well.


"The airstrikes severely damaged buildings in the village; a building
of six floors was completely destroyed," Abo Mohamed added.
Rescue teams carried out searches for victims that might be stuck under the building’s ruins.


Many villages seized by the opposition were targeted by airstrikes in the eastern Ghouta district of Damascus.


Meanwhile, government air strikes on Thursday killed at least 52
civilians, including seven children, in strongholds of the Islamic State
(IS), a monitoring group said Friday in a new toll. Previously the toll
had stood at 37 dead.
The raids struck Al-Bab and Qbasin Thursday in the northern province
of Aleppo, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which
relies on a network of activists on the ground.
The air force has killed thousands of people since it was first deployed in the war in July 2012.


Activists accuse the government of killing more civilians than militants in the raids.


The UN and international rights groups have repeatedly called on the
government to refrain from using its air force against inhabited areas.
Syria's civil war began in March 2011 as a peaceful protest movement
inspired by the Arab Spring and demanding Assad's ouster, but morphed
into a brutal war after pro-Assad forces unleashed a massive crackdown
against dissent.
The war has resulted in the deaths of an estimated 200,000 people,
and displaced roughly half of the country's population, according to the
UN.
The majority of fatalities are reportedly of civilians, primarily
killed by pro-Assad forces, although other groups are also implicated. - See more at: www.middleeasteye.net/news/syria-2014-death-toll-tops-39000- killed, 40 injured in airstrikes in Syrian capital
Meanwhile on Friday, six people were killed and 40 others wounded in
airstrikes carried out by forces loyal to president Assad, in Ayn Turma
village in the Syrian capital of Damascus, according to a local
activist.
"The regime’s air forces have bombed the village seized by the
opposition," Abo Mohamed, a local activist from the village, told
an Anadolu Agency correspondent.
Six people, including three children, were killed and 40 others were wounded, including a number of children as well.


"The airstrikes severely damaged buildings in the village; a building
of six floors was completely destroyed," Abo Mohamed added.
Rescue teams carried out searches for victims that might be stuck under the building’s ruins.


Many villages seized by the opposition were targeted by airstrikes in the eastern Ghouta district of Damascus.


Meanwhile, government air strikes on Thursday killed at least 52
civilians, including seven children, in strongholds of the Islamic State
(IS), a monitoring group said Friday in a new toll. Previously the toll
had stood at 37 dead.
The raids struck Al-Bab and Qbasin Thursday in the northern province
of Aleppo, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which
relies on a network of activists on the ground.
The air force has killed thousands of people since it was first deployed in the war in July 2012.


Activists accuse the government of killing more civilians than militants in the raids.


The UN and international rights groups have repeatedly called on the
government to refrain from using its air force against inhabited areas.
Syria's civil war began in March 2011 as a peaceful protest movement
inspired by the Arab Spring and demanding Assad's ouster, but morphed
into a brutal war after pro-Assad forces unleashed a massive crackdown
against dissent.
The war has resulted in the deaths of an estimated 200,000 people,
and displaced roughly half of the country's population, according to the
UN.
The majority of fatalities are reportedly of civilians, primarily
killed by pro-Assad forces, although other groups are also implicated. - See more at: www.middleeasteye.net/news/syria-2014-death-toll-tops-39000-










Six killed, 40 injured in airstrikes in Syrian capital

Meanwhile on Friday, six people were killed and 40 others wounded in
airstrikes carried out by forces loyal to president Assad, in Ayn Turma
village in the Syrian capital of Damascus, according to a local activist.

"The regime’s air forces have bombed the village seized by the
opposition," Abo Mohamed, a local activist from the village, told
an Anadolu Agency correspondent.

















Six people, including three children, were killed and 40 others were
wounded, including a number of children as well.

"The airstrikes severely damaged buildings in the village; a building of
six floors was completely destroyed," Abo Mohamed added.

Rescue teams carried out searches for victims that might be stuck
under the building’s ruins.

Many villages seized by the opposition were targeted by airstrikes in the
eastern Ghouta district of Damascus.

Meanwhile, government air strikes on Thursday killed at least 52
civilians, including seven children, in strongholds of the Islamic State
(IS), a monitoring group said Friday in a new toll. Previously the toll had
stood at 37 dead.

The raids struck Al-Bab and Qbasin Thursday in the northern province
of Aleppo, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which
relies on a network of activists on the ground.

The air force has killed thousands of people since it was first deployed
in the war in July 2012.

Activists accuse the government of killing more civilians than militants
in the raids.

The UN and international rights groups have repeatedly called on the
government to refrain from using its air force against inhabited areas.

Syria's civil war began in March 2011 as a peaceful protest movement
inspired by the Arab Spring and demanding Assad's ouster, but
morphed into a brutal war after pro-Assad forces unleashed a massive
crackdown against dissent.

The war has resulted in the deaths of an estimated 200,000 people, and
displaced roughly half of the country's population, according to the UN.

The majority of fatalities are reportedly of civilians, primarily killed by
pro-Assad forces, although other groups are also implicated









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