SNHR has documented the extrajudicial killings of four civilians, including two children, by Unidentified parties, on Saturday, June 19, 2021.
We note that one civilian, a Civil Defense member, was killed in the attack on the Civil Defense center in Qastoun village in Hama suburbs, but we are so far unable to identify with certainty which party was responsible for the attack as of the publication of the death toll; the primary parties suspected of responsibility for the attack are the Russian forces and Syrian regime forces, with the shelling emanating from an area controlled by them. The investigation process is still underway to identify the party responsible for the shelling.
SNHR issues this daily brief report of the death toll of Syrian civilians who were killed, against all the tenets of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, by all the dominant parties in Syria. SNHR’s work on these reports has lasted for nine years to date, during which time not one day has passed without civilian victims being killed in Syria. SNHR condemns all operations by any party which result in the deaths of civilians, and confirms that the regime and its allies are responsible for the vast majority- 91 percent – of the killings in the country, with the total death toll of civilian victims documented by SNHR exceeding a quarter of a million victims, although the estimated unofficial death toll is far larger.
Accordingly, SNHR calls on the international community to intervene and protect civilians in Syria by taking all the necessary steps to reach a democratic political transition that will achieve security and justice in Syria.