A United Nations-backed study found that the series of airstrikes carried out by Russian forces have killed more civilians in Syria than the notorious ISIS.
According to independent humanitarian group Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR), at least 2,704 civilians have been killed, including 746 children, by Russian forces in its relentless operations in Syria.
These deaths were recorded in a span of 305 days since Russia started deploying its forces to Syria at the request of President Bashar al-Assad. The group noted that since ISIS’ emergence in 2013, the group was linked to 2,686 deaths, of which 368 were children.
Fadel Abdul Ghani, chairman of SNHR in the report, scolded the Russian parliament’s inaction and lack of effort to address the issue. Abdul Ghani also urged the Russian government, through its representative to the United Nations, to initiate investigation in a bid to address growing concerns of death of civilians, especially children.
“The Russian government or Russian parliament haven’t asked for an investigation to be conducted regarding all of these crimes. No one even brought that up. This is a blatant indication on their utter indifference to the Syrian’s lives that were murdered by Russian forces during its military operations in Syria,” Abdul Ghani said in the statement.
The group lambasted Russia’s continued bombardment in parts of Syria that continue to claim lives of innocents. This, according to the group, is violation of international human rights law and could even constitute crimes against humanity.
The report coincides with the fear expressed by high-raking military officials on the ongoing cooperation between Russian forces and al-Assad’s regime. In a report from the CBS News, Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend expressed his skepticism on the relationship between Russia and Syria.