The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Monthly death toll | Nearly 110 civilians among 280 people killed across Syria in May 2021

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented the death of 280 people in May 2021. The fatalities were distributed as follows:


Civilian death toll: 108 persons, including 15 children under the age of 18, and 14 women over the age of 18, and they were as follows:


  • 11 civilians, including one child and four women, were killed in gunfire and bombardment by regime forces.


  • Four civilians died under torture in regime prisons.


  • Two civilians were killed by opposition factions.


  • Seven civilians were killed by Syria Democratic Forces (SDF).


  • Two people were killed by the Turkish Border Guard Forces “Jandarma”.


  • Seven civilians, including two women and a child, were killed in unknown circumstances.


  • 19 civilians, including six children and four women, were killed in explosions of old landmines and unexploded ordnance.


  • Six civilians were killed in IED and grenade explosions.


  • One civilian was killed in a car-bomb explosion.


  • 43 civilians, including two children and three women, were killed in separate assassinations across Syria.


  • A civilian was killed in Israeli strikes.


  • A child was killed by bombardment by Turkish forces.


  • One civilian was killed in airstrikes by a drone believed to be affiliated to the International Coalition.


  • One civilian was executed by HTS.


  • A child and a woman died of poor health care.


Syrian fighters of Islamic factions, opposition factions and other movements and organizations: 31


Syria Democratic Forces (SDF): 17


Regime forces: 45


Members of the Popular Committees, and the National Defense Forces, and loyalists to regime forces of Syrian citizens: 17


Lebanese Hezbollah: 2


Loyalists to Iranian and regime forces of non-Syrian citizens mostly of the Shiite sect: 24


Jihadists: 5


ISIS members: 22


Turkish soldiers: 1


Unknown: 7


We, at the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, call on the international community once again to work hard to stop the bloodshed in Syria. The people of Syria have been facing tyranny and oppression in their noble endeavour and cause to obtain justice, democracy, freedom and equality.


The Syrian Observatory renew its commitment to continue monitoring and documenting all the developments on the ground in Syria including, the massacres, violations, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed against the Syrian people, as well as publishing all relevant statistics and causalities of such heinous acts, and hope to help all the ongoing efforts of bringing the perpetrators to special international courts, so that they do not escape justice for the crimes they committed against the people of Syria.