The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

More than 3100 killed in December 2016

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented death of 3117 persons in the month of December 2016. The casualties are as follows:


Civilian casualties: 1116 civilians, including 247 children under the age of eighteen, and 130 female citizens over the age of 18, they were killed as follows:


372 citizens including 85 children and 45 citizen women killed in raids by Russian and Syrian warplanes’ bombing and helicopters’ barrel bombs.

220 people including 42 children and 26 citizen women were killed in the shelling by rocket and artillery shells, missiles believed to be ground-to-ground and sniper fire and targeting by the regime forces.
5 persons including a woman were killed under torture in Syrian security prisons
152 persons including 40 children and 21 citizen women were killed in the fall of shells and targeting by the rebel and Islamic Factions and the “Islamic State” organization
176 including 40 children and 20  women were killed in shelling by Turkish warplanes, and 15  including 1 woman were killed by the gunshots of the Turkish border guards
21 persons including a woman were executed by the “Islamic State” organization,
73 including 8 children and 7 women were killed in bombing by warplanes of the international coalition, 9 people were killed in the explosions of booby trapped vehicles and explosive belts detonation, 9 including 3 children died due to poor health conditions and the bad living conditions and the lack of medication,
3 including a woman person was killed by the Syrian Democratic Forces,
and 76 including 29 children and 7 citizen women were killed in different circumstances like unidentified gunmen, explosions, landmines, sniper fire and unknown circumstances.


Syrian nationality fighters from the rebel and Islamic fighters and The Syria Democratic Forces and other Movements and organizations: 517

Defected soldiers and officers: 3

The regime forces: 351

Members from Popular Committees, NDF and militiamen loyal to the regime of Syrian nationality: 379

Militiamen from the Lebanese Hezbollah: 6

Non-Syrian Pro-regime mostly Shia militiamen: 28

Unidentified casualties: 18

Fighters from the rebel and Islamic factions, the “Islamic State”, Fath al-Sham Front, Jaish al-Mohajereen and al-Ansar and the Islamic Turkistan Party of non-Syrian nationalities: 702


We in the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights believe that the number of casualties in the ranks of the rebel and Islamic factions and the “Islamic State” organization is 200 more than the number documented we were able to document, because of the extreme secrecy by the targeted parties about their death toll.


The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights renews its call to all international sides -despite the horrifying silence by the international community- to work more seriously for immediate stop of the Syrian people’s blood shedding and to put more pressure on the countries members of the members of the UN Security Council so these war crimes and the crimes against humanity are handled by the International Criminal Court. We in the Syrian Observatory demand the punishment of all perpetrators, instigators, collaborators and all individuals and sides who used the Syrian blood as a political card and as means to carry out their personal agendas, as well as those who transformed a revolution for dignity to a sectarian and ethnic civil war.