The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

3320 children and women among 19274 persons killed by Russian warplanes since the start of Russia’s military operation in Syria at the end of September 2015

The Russian forces completed their 51st month of participation in the Syrian conflict. The 3rd month of the 5th year comes to add more casualties to the series of crimes by Russia against the Syrian people under the pretext of “fighting terrorism”. It killed, destroyed, displaced the people, and sponsored agreements in which it quickly abandoned guarantees it vowed to fulfill. Its shells were fatal, its missiles are destroyers, and the Russian hand was dipped in the blood of Syrians.

Despite its attempt to emerge as the one coming to lay values of peace and coexistence, to appear as a dove peace, it appeared stained with the blood of the Syrian people, killing thousands of Syrian civilians, displacing millions of them, and pushed tens of thousands to leave the motherland without coming back, at the time when it tries to show itself as the one that established the stability of a country that has seen nothing in about 8 years -except war but death, murder, displacement, destruction, and clashes that have left nothing behind.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented during the 51st month of Russia’s military operations in Syria the killing of 67 Syrian civilians including 20 children and 12 women due to Russian airstrikes.

Also 40 fighters of the factions and Jihadi groups were killed in Russian airstrikes that targeted their locations in the Syrian coastline and Idlib countryside, raising the death toll to 19274 since the start of its strikes on the 30th of September 2015 until the 30th of December 2019.

During the same period, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights was able to document the death of 8427 civilian citizen and they are: 2040 children under the age of eighteen, 1280 citizen women over the age of eighteen, 5107 man and young man, 5244 members of the “Islamic state” organization, and 5603 fighters of the rebel and Islamic Factions, Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham, the Islamic Turkestani Party, and fighters of Arab and foreign nationalities.

SOHR sources has documented that Russia used the “Thermite” in their airstrikes, which is composed of aluminum powder and iron oxide, and causes burns because it continues to ignite for about 180 seconds, some the bombs used by Russian warplanes on the Syrian territory were loaded with this substance,

It is founded out that they are “RBK-500 ZAB 2.5 SM” cluster incendiary bombs each weighs about 500 kg (about 1100 pounds) dropped by the military aircrafts, and carry small sized bombs anti-individuals and anti-vehicles of the type ((AO 2.5 RTM)), between 50 -110 small sized bombs stuffed with “Thermite”, which outpour out of it when they explode, the range of this anti-individuals and anti-vehicles bombs is between 20-30 meters.

HD Infographic: Human casualties of the Russian Air-strikes over 51 months of the Russian involvement in Syria