In 3 months of the most violent escalation within “Putin – Erdogan” area, the regime and the Russians carry out about 65000 air and ground strikes, which -along with the battles- killed about 2800 people and forced more than half a million civilians to displace
The heaviest escalation ever completed its third consecutive month within “Putin – Erdogan” area, which stretches from the northeastern mountains of Latakia, passing through the countryside of Hama and Idlib until the northwestern suburbs of Aleppo city, while the massacres against civilians decreased slightly during the second month in exchange of the attrition battles in the countryside of Hama, Latakia, and Idlib, especially the battles of the 3 villages (Kafrhoud – Tal Meleh – al-Jabin) in addition to al-Jalma village at the northwestern countryside of Hama, which killed and injured hundreds of the regime forces, the factions, and the jihadi groups, but the slight decrease in massacres against civilians have not prevented the continuation of disasters and human tragedy, caused by the Russian guarantor and the regime of Bashar al-Assad, through their warplanes, helicopters, and ground shelling, amid shameful silence by the Turkish “guarantor” who provoked irony by running patrols and entering military columns to its 12 points scattered in the countryside of Hama, Idlib, and Aleppo, as the Russians and the regime are carrying out massacres against the Syrian people, kill, and displace them, in addition to destroying the infrastructure and property of citizens, the Turkish silence continued despite the loss of 3 soldiers during this month as a result of regime forces’ shelling that targeted the Turkish point in Shir Mghar, and the Turkish response was shy with some of shells that targeted regime forces’-controlled areas in Hama countryside.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored during the period between the 30th of June 2019, until the evening of the 30th of July 2019, about 3603 airstrikes carried out by regime’s warplanes and helicopters, and warplanes of the Russian “guarantor” targeted mountains of the coast, the northern and northwestern countryside of Hama, Idlib countryside, in addition to the western and southern countryside of Aleppo, where the largest share of it was by the regime’s warplanes which carried out 1910 raids loaded with high-explosive missiles as well as hundreds of targeting by heavy machineguns, followed by regime’s helicopters which dropped more than 854 barrel bombs, also the Syrian Observatory monitored more than 16270 ground strikes that varied between mortar, artillery, and rocket shells, in addition to short-range ground-to-ground missiles, while the Jihadi groups and factions targeted with thousands of missile strikes regime forces’-controlled areas in Hama, Latakia, Aleppo, and Idlib, in addition to carrying out during this month 4 attacks by drones and missiles, targeting the main Russian military base in Syria, Hmeimim Airbase.
The 3rd month of the violent escalation witnessed at its end the Syrian regime’s restore of the villages of Tal Meleh and al-Jabin with the support of its Russian ally, after tens of failed attempts within 52 days of the factions’ control of both villages, despite the heavy and intensive aerial and ground bombardments, where the regime forces lost during this period more than 400 members of their forces, while the regime forces still control more than 20 areas in Hama and Idlib countryside, they are al-Qassabiyyeh, Humayrat, al-Hardana, al-Qaroutiyyah, Qiratah, Qal’aat al-Madiq, al-Karakat, Twinah, Kafr Nabudah, al-Bana, Tal Osman, al-Mestriha, al-Sharia, Bab al-Taqa, al-Jabriya, Tal Hawash, al-Tawba, Sheikh Idris, al-Muhajreen, al-Hamraa, and Hwaiz.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented a large number of casualties, where at least 720 people were killed since the 30th of June 2019 until the evening of the 30th July 2019, and they are: 318 civilians including 75 children and 53 citizen women were killed by warplanes of the regime an d the Russians, and they are 91 including 13 children, 19 women, 4 of the civil defense, and 3 of the ambulance teams, were killed in Russian aerial bombardment on the countryside of Idlib and Hama, and 20 including 6 women and 5 children were killed in the fall of barrel bombs dropped by helicopters, and 142 including 17 women, 41 children, and 4 members of the rescue teams were killed in targeting by regime’s warplanes, also 31 people including 8 women and 8 children were killed in a ground shelling carried out by the regime forces, and 34 citizens including 8 children and 4 women were killed in shelling by the factions on Karnaz, al-Suqaylabiyah, Qamhana, Neirab Camp, and neighborhoods in Aleppo city, and at least 174 of the jihadi groups were killed in the Russian airstrikes and the regime’s shelling and clashes, in addition to the killing of 229 members of the regime forces in targeting and shelling by jihadi groups and factions, not to mention thousands of wounded people; some of whom had permeant disability.
Also the heaviest escalation displaced more than 500 civilians from their homes and areas, against the backdrop of the barbaric shelling by the Russians and the regime, where large part of them stayed out in the open in neighboring agricultural lands, others displaced to their relatives deep in Idlib and the northern and northwestern countryside of Aleppo, and others resorted to the border camps near Iskenderun where the Syrian Observatory documented that 23 hospitals and health centers went out of service since the start of the most violent escalation by Russian strikes, and they are: the hospitals of al-Sham Central Hospital, Kafr Nubl Surgical Hospital, al-Sayyidah Mariam, al-Khatib, the Orient in Kafr Nubl, Nabd al-Hayat Hospital in Hass, al-Maghara Hospital and Sham Hospital in al-Lataminah town, specialized gynecological and children Hospital in Hawash village, Kiwan hospital in Kafr Aweed, Hospital 112 in Qal’aat al-Madiq, al-Tah Hospital, in addition to destroying 4 health centers in al-Hbit, al-Rakaya, and Ma’aret Hurmah in the southern countryside of Idlib, and al-Ghab al-Awsat center, while the Syrian Observatory documented the use of internationally forbidden materials by the regime forces during their ground bombardment, which burned thousands of dunums within the southern and western agricultural lands of Khan Shaykhun city, al-Hbit, Abdeen, outskirts of Kafrsajna, Kafr Ain, and other areas within the southern sector of Idlib countryside, and Hersh al-Skibiyyeh, Tal Hadaya, and IKARDA in the southern countryside of Aleppo, in addition to al-Lataminah in the northern countryside of Hama, as well as the looting operations by the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them in the areas they controlled through robbing houses, shops, and crops of civilians.
And with the fall of more casualties, it rose to at least 2800, the number of people who were killed since the 30th of April 2019, the date of start of the most violent escalation in terms of aerial and ground bombardment, shelling, and targeting since Putin – Erdogan agreement, until the 30th of July 2019, and they are: 852 civilians including 209 children and 158 citizen women, and they are 148 including 31 children and 35 women, and 6 of the civil defense and 3 of the ambulance team were killed in Russian aerial bombardment on the countryside of Idlib and Hama, and 63 including 15 women and 10 children were killed in the fall of barrel bombs, and 467 including 127 children, 77 women, and 4 members of the rescue teams were killed in targeting by regime’s warplanes, also 102 people including 19 women and 17 children were killed in a ground shelling carried out by the regime forces, and 71 citizens including 24 children and 12 women were killed in shelling by the factions on al-Suqaylabiyah, Qamhana, Al-Rasif, Al-Aziziyah, Karnaz, Jurin, Al-Nairab Camp, neighborhoods in Aleppo city and its southern countryside, while at least 1012 fighters were killed in the Russian airstrikes and the regime’s aerial and ground shelling including 630 of the Jihadis, in addition to the killing of 936 members of the regime forces in targeting and shelling by jihadi groups and factions.
It also rose to about 13600, the number of airstrikes that targeted “Putin – Erdogan” area since the beginning of the heaviest escalation, they are: 6874 air raids carried out by regime’s warplanes, 4174 barrel bombs dropped by regime’s helicopter, and 2552 air raids carried out by the Russian “guarantor’s” warplanes, in addition to more than 51250 airstrikes by the regime forces as well as the thousands of missiles and shells launched by the factions and the jihadi groups on sites of the regime forces in the “de-escalation” area during the same period.
We at the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights call on the General Assembly of the United Nations to issue an immediate decision to stop the military operations of the Russian aerial bombardment and shelling by the regime forces and their warplanes on the “de-escalation” area, in case the Security Council could not issue a decision about the massacres committed by Russia and the regime of Bashar al-Assad due to the use of Veto by the Russians against any decision by the Security Council that condemns these massacres.
High-resolution link for the infographic of the death toll since the start of the heaviest escalation in the demilitarized area of “Putin – Erdogan”