Syria Report: 178 Breaches of Ceasefire in 1st Week — 174 by Pro-Assad Forces


PHOTO: Rescue worker stands in front of a school damaged by pro-Assad bombing in Aleppo Province, January 1, 2017

The Syrian Network for Human Rights, which monitors attacks and casualties in the conflict, says that pro-Assad forces breached a national ceasefire 174 times in the first week of the agreement.

The SNHR said it documented a total of 178 violations since the deal, brokered by Turkey and Russia, was announced on December 29. It reports 11 civilian casualties, including one woman, two children, and an unborn baby, “most of them…killed by the Syrian regime forces”.

The report — drawn from statements of survivors, victims’ families, and witnesses as well as imagery of the attacks — says 160 breaches were by Assad forces. Most of these were in Hama Province (55) and Homs Province (30), followed by Aleppo and Daraa Provinces (19 each), and Idlib Province (14).

In addition, the SNHR claims 14 breaches by Russia: six in Aleppo, five in Idlib, and three in Hama. The four breaches by rebels were in Aleppo and Hama.

The location and time of each incident is set out in the report. Most of them are bombings, shellings, or rocket and mortar attacks, but there were also eight operations to detain individuals.

The report does not address the pro-Assad offensives which have continued despite the ceasefire. These include the aerial and ground assault seeking to overrun the Wadi Barada area, northwest of Damascus, and the attempt to take more territory in East Ghouta, northeast of the capital.

See Syria Daily, Jan 7: Rebels Deny Claims of Truce Near Damascus

Previous articleUS Feature: How Britain Tipped Off the Russian Hacking
Next articleIran Breaking: Ex-President Rafsanjani is Dead
Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


    • LOL. You’re such a bleeding heart. Because its not like hundreds of thousands or millions of people living in opposition areas under siege have been deliberately denied basic care, food, and water. Wait a second. Oh shit, that’s actually happening. That’s actually the butchers MO. Fail. Try again. Spare us your ridiculously hypocritical crocodile tears. Nobody should be fooled.

      • Cut the BS.
        When E. Aleppo was under (justified) siege, there was a daily brobaganda in the West, to suggest that the SAA and Russia are deliberately starving E. Aleppo. After the liberation, the brobaganda lies were exposed.
        There is Zero protest (in the hypocritical West, at least) when the Damascenes are being denied drinking water.

        • Ah, just casually dismiss everything that doesn’t fit your desired narrative as “propaganda”. The kremlin way. LOL. It’s pretty hysterical to see someone from the pro-tyranny crowd now trying to complain about the exact same shit the dictator has been doing for the entirety of the war. That takes some stones. Then again I suppose some just have no shame.

  1. In case you don’t read the indispensible AlMasdarNews, AlMasdarNews today reports:

    “During the day, RUSSIAN officials in the Russian-Turkish joint commission set up to monitor ceasefire violations in Syria reported six violations…. TURKISH officials reported 18 ceasefire violations.” . None of the Russian-reported violations were in Damascus province (while four of the Turkish-reported violations were).

    This means that the Wadi Barada scene is not being reported as a violation by the Russian monitors.

    AlMasdarNews report this evening about today’s fighting in Wadi Barada: . AlMasdar says, from information from “a Syrian military source in west Damascus”, the Syrian army today had “a fierce battle with the Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham militants” in Wadi Barada and “the jihadist rebels are surrounded from all sides and unable to avoid the Syrian Arab Army’s constant barrage of ATGMs (anti-tank guided missiles).”

    • Al Masdar may be indispensable for some but it is far from a reliable outlet — it should be seen more as a promotional site for the Assad regime and Syrian military.

      Witness, for example, AMN’s false portrayal of an exclusive Jabhat Fatah al-Sham presence in Wadi Barada to justify the breaking of the ceasefire.

Leave a Comment