Syria Report: The 16,913 Civilians Killed in 2016

TOPSHOT - A Syrian boy is comforted as he cries next to the body of a relative who died in a reported airstrike on April 27, 2016 in the rebel-held neighbourhood of al-Soukour in the northern city of Aleppo. / AFP PHOTO / KARAM AL-MASRIKARAM AL-MASRI/AFP/Getty Images

PHOTO: A boy weeps over the body of a relative in an opposition-held area of Aleppo city, April 2016


Almost 17,000 civilians — including 1,984 children and 1,237 women — were killed in Syria in 2016, according to a human rights organization documenting deaths and abuses in the conflict.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights said regime forces were responsible for more than half of the 16,913 deaths, killing 8.736 people. Among them were 1,984 children and 1,237 women.

Russian forces killed 3,967 victims, including 1,042 children and 684 women.

The Islamic State killed 1,510 people, while rebels caused 1,048 deaths, most of them from rocket attacks. The US-led coalition killed 537, almost all by airstrikes, while Kurdish forces killed 146. “Other parties” left 951 dead.

Of the deaths, 476 were by torture, with regime forces responsible for 447.

The SNHR also documented 10,047 arbitrary detentions: 7,543 by regime forces, 1,419 by the Islamic State, 673 by Kurdish forces 234 by Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, and 178 by rebels.

Of those seized by regime forces, 251 were children and 448 were women.

The SNHR said 112 medical personnel and 86 media activists were killed. Almost all were slain by Russian-regime attacks, although the Islamic State killed 20 medical staff and 18 citizen journalists.

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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.

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