Syria Daily: UN Denounces Airstrikes in “Deadliest Month of 2017”

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Al-Rahma hospital in Idlib Province burns after pro-Assad airstrikes, September 19, 2017

Red Cross: “The worst levels of violence since the battle for Aleppo in 2016”


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The UN has denounced airstrikes across Syria, calling the civilian toll last month the worst this year.

“September was the deadliest month of 2017 for civilians with daily reports of attacks on residential areas resulting in hundreds of conflict-related deaths and injuries,” UN regional humanitarian coordinator Panos Moumtzis said.

The UN noted that hospitals, schools and displaced Syrians fleeing frontlines have been “targeted by direct air strikes” that may amount to war crimes.

The organization did not apportion blame, but airstrikes are being carried out by Russian and regime warplanes on opposition areas as well as on Islamic State, and by the US-led coalition supporting a Kurdish-led offensive against ISIS in northern Syria.

The large majority of the deaths this year have been by Russian and regime attacks, which have been renewed since September 19 on opposition-held Idlib Province, killing more than 200 people as they defiance a “de-escalation zone” which Moscow declared last month alongside Turkey and Iran.

The Russians have also been attacking in Deir ez-Zor Province in eastern Syria as pro-Assad forces face the Islamic State. On Wednesday, as the regime’s military and foreign allies tried to push back an ISIS counter-offensive, Russian jets reportedly killed more than 60 civilians trying to flee in small boats across the Euphrates River south of Deir ez-Zor city.

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The Russian and regime strikes are continuing on Friday with reports of dozens of civilian casualties. Images of damage have been posted on social media:

About a quarter of civilian deaths this year, up to mid-September, were at the hands of the US-led coalition, according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights. Airstrikes backing the offensive of the Syrian Democratic Forces on ISIS-held Raqqa city have killed hundreds of civilians.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said in a statement that up to 10 hospitals have been damaged in the past 10 days.

“We have seen a number of hospitals being targeted, we got very worrying reports and converging reports about hospitals, schools, civilian infrastructure being targeted,” Robert Mardini, the ICRC regional director for the Middle East, told Reuters.

Most of the damaged hospitals, as well as civil defense centers and power stations, have been struck by the Russian-regime assault on Idlib Province.

Mardini noted the destruction of Sham hospital alone had cut off 500,000 people from access to health care.

Also citing Russian-regime strikes on northern Hama Province and on opposition-held Damascus suburbs, the Red Cross summarized, “Taken together, these are the worst levels of violence since the battle for Aleppo in 2016.”


Russia: ISIS Operating Out of US Exclusion Zone in East

In its latest PR attempt to pressure the US, Russia has declared that the Islamic State is operating out of an American exclusion zone around a Free Syrian Army base in eastern Syria.

The US military has enforced a 55-km (34-mile) zone around the base at Tanf on the Iraqi border, where there are American special forces as well as FSA units. On three occasions this spring, the Americans carried out airstrikes on pro-Assad forces, including Hezbollah and Iranian-led militias, which tried to establish positions inside the area.

The US is barring the FSA from attacking pro-Assad units and insisting on a focus on ISIS; however, American military commanders are worrying that a complete takeover of the area by regime and its allies would allow free movement of Iranian personnel and supplies through the east.

Without producing evidence, the Russian Defense Ministry declared Friday that a 100-km (62-mile) area around Tanf is a “black hole” from which ISIS attacks regime troops and civilians.

In an apparent campaign to clear the FSA and the Americans from the area, the Ministry asserted:

Unlawful establishment by the US of this military base on Syria-Jordan border in April this year has been publicly justified by ‘the need to conduct operations against IS….

There were no reports of a single American operation against Islamic State during the six months of its existence.

The ministry also accused the US — again, without any support — of not letting humanitarian convoys through the area to reach the Rukban camp for displaced Syrians on the Syrian-Jordanian border.

Major General Igor Konashenkov pronounced that the displaced are a “human shield” for the Tanf base.

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  1. All these atrocities are being committed by Assad, Iran, and Russia. But the western Left is loath to see that, and only condemns the US for using precision bombs against ISIS in the battlefields, and wants “US out of Syria” (so Nazi Assad can rule over Syrians and continue torturing, raping, and executing dissenters).

    • Our resident leftists (BAR2, ADA, and ATA) all deny that Russia is bombing civilians. Even though that is well documented here on EA. And the UN has accused Russia and SAA for atrocities against civilians.

      What is it with leftists that inconvenient facts do not penetrate their skulls?

      • And the UN has accused Russia and SAA for atrocities against civilians.

        It has also accused the US of the same crimes.

        What is it with leftists that inconvenient facts do not penetrate their skulls?

        What is it with neocons who deny inconvenient facts about US war crimes?

        • I asked you to tell me about US war crimes. You said overthrowing the bloody nazi dictator Noriega! Lol. Then you said accidentally shooting down an airliner that had strayed into military space! Lol.

  2. “Unlawful establishment by the US of this military base on Syria-Jordan border in April this year has been publicly justified by ‘the need to conduct operations against IS….” So rich for Russia to complain about “unlawful US presence” when they themselves are in the business of targeting and blowing up hospitals and people’s apartments hundreds of kilometers away from the battle lines.

    • .” So rich for Russia to complain about “unlawful US presence” when they themselves are in the business of targeting and blowing up hospitals and people’s apartments hundreds of kilometers away from the battle lines.

      So right for fan boys of empire to be compalaining that Russia, who were invited by the sovereign leader of Syria, are doing to Syria what the US has been doing uninvited to 8 countries.

      Sooner or later you are going to have to figure out that the Russians are bombing hospitals meme is not an answer to all debates Kazemi

  3. Tensions high between Russia and US after Russia falsely accuses SDF of working with Islamic State
    http://theregion.org/article/11642-tensions-high-between-russia-and-us-after-russia-falsely-accuses-sdf-of-working-with-islamic-state 9/26/2017

    I wrote about how #Turkey’s intel agency MİT provided explosives to ISIL in #Syria turkishminute.com/2017/10/01/opi… https://t.co/ffhzm2SNrT
    https://twitter.com/abdbozkurt/status/914743458421776384 10/2/2017

    U.S. consulate employee in Istanbul arrested on charges of links to a FETO cleric blamed for last year’s failed coup https://t.co/oRmypDLhUd
    https://twitter.com/Samira_Ghaderi/status/916112082256396288 10/5/2017

  4. #KatalunyaNeTeneYe Solidarity with Catalunya from the Internationalist Commune of Rojava
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4B3saeGML0 9/30/2017

    Both Turkey and Iran have couched their opposition to Iraqi Kurdish independence in repulsive anti-Semitic rhetoric. https://t.co/41OX4Xu74n
    https://twitter.com/tobiaschneider/status/915995343048855552 10/5/2017

    “Only Israel supports you”, #Erdogan said. “You have Kouchner…and another Jew at the table. They aren’t your friends, they will disappear” https://t.co/X34RpMBCH4
    https://twitter.com/marklowen/status/915970787995201536 10/5/2017

  5. “Mark‏ @markito0171 7m7 minutes ago

    #Turkey backed #FSA Hamza Brigade announce to expel #HTS/Nusra from #Idlib province in northern #Syria”
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    So that is the plan. Turn two groups of the rebels against each other. Erdogan is really messing things up now. He has gone from supporting them to wanting to destroy them. Have the rebels got any friends left in this crazy world?

    • Wow – Mayadin is the 2nd largest city in Deir Ezzor province, and ISIS just let go of it, just like that? AMAZING. How is it that ISIS fights tooth and nail in Raqqa and Mosul and Kobane, but quickly evacuates in Deir Ezzor, Palmyra, Aleppo, and Mayadin? This is nuts.

      If SAA crosses the Euphrates, they will block SDF from the oil fields. If they do not, then they have honoured the red line. The moment of truth has arrived, I guess. We shall know a lot more in the next week or so.

      • AMAZING. How is it that ISIS fights tooth and nail in Raqqa and Mosul and Kobane, but quickly evacuates in Deir Ezzor, Palmyra, Aleppo, and Mayadin? This is nuts.

        Not really. They know that when facing SAA, they are fighting a legitimate enemy who is willing to detestroy them.

        • And destroy their families and destroy innocent civilians. I bet you lefties consider that legitimate, as long as it is not the US committing war crimes.

  6. Is Turkey entering Idlib province – ostensibly to confront HTS? HTS must love being backstabbed by Erdo’an!

    Or is it that Turkey will co-exist with HTS and in fact give them support if they behave as Erdo’an commands?

    If this happens, then Assad will have to give up his rights to Idlib.

    Really wierd – ISIS puts up no resistance to SAA in Mayadin, a city of probably 100,000, but is fighting tooth and nail in As Suwar against the SDF, a village of no consequence or strategic value.

    • This may have to do with the fact that ISIS and their families and helpers know that the US will not carpet bomb or shell their positions willy nilly and kill civilians enmasse. While SAA and the Russians just go for carpet bombing, barrel bombing, sarin gassing, and ethnic cleansing, and then ask questions later.

      • This may have to do with the fact that ISIS and their families and helpers know that the US will not carpet bomb or shell their positions.

        That goes without saying. Why would the US bomb their own assets?

        • Japan was 75 years ago. The Geneva Convention was created many years after World War II.

          Vietnam, which was 50 years ago, at the height of the communist expansion, is not something for the US to be proud of. I don’t know if the US was engaged in carpet bombing Vietnamese civilians.

          Afghanistan carpet bombing? Put up a link, or stop spreading fake narratives.

          Libya carpet bombing? You are nuts. The result of your echo-chamber indoctrination. Put up a link, or go away.

          You leftie meme-ridden neophytes seem to only have studied history according to the Socialist Worker’s Party. That is not an education. Will be waiting for your links.

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