SNHR documented the extrajudicial killings of eight civilians, including four children, by Syrian regime forces, Armed opposition/ Syrian national army and Unidentified parties, on Friday, August 6, 2021, with the toll of victims distributed as follows:
Armed opposition/ Syrian national army: 4 civilians, including 3 children
Unidentified parties: 3 civilians
Syrian regime forces/ Russian forces: a civilian (child)
We note that the child died on August 6 due to wounds sustained in an attack on Ihsem town on July 17. While SNHR is so far unable to identify the party responsible for the attack, the primary parties suspected of responsibility are Russian and Syrian regime forces, since the shelling emanated 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.