The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

More casualties raise to at least 34 -including 13 children and woman- the death toll of Russian warplanes’ massacre which came to “free civilians of Deir Ezzor”

Deir Ezzor Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the number of the killed civilians people continues to rise, they were killed in a Russian massacre in Al-Boleel area, where in the past 24 hours the Russian warplanes targeted tens of water ferries that transport civilians who are fleeing death and intense bombardment, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that it rose to 34 at least, the number of civilians people who were killed and documented by the Syrian Observatory in the intense airstrikes by Russian warplanes, which targeted more than 40 water ferries transporting the citizens from the western bank of the Euphrates River to its eastern bank in Al-Boleel area in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, and among the total number of casualties there are 9 children, 4 women and 4 blackened bodies, and the death toll is expected to rise because there are some people in critical situation.

This massacre was carried out by Russian planes, which provide an air cover for the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them, also groups from the Russian Special Forces fight along with the regime forces in the attack on Deir Ezzor city and in the process of lift the siege of the city, they have caused increased resentment among in the citizens because of Russia’s aerial bombardment, which claimed that they have come to “free the civilians” but targeted the civilians during their displacement from the heavy bombing on Deir Ezzor city and its countryside under, the bombing takes place under the pretext of “fighting the “Islamic State” organization”, while Deir Ezzor city is witnessing a massive displacement of tens of families who have fled the city with this increased pace of the military operation, fearing regime forces’ besiege of the city by advancing to the areas Jafra and Hwyjet Sakr, which will enable the regime forces -in case they advanced to and controlled them- to complete the siege of Deir Ezzor city.

It worth to mention that the citizens turned to use ferries to travel between the western and the eastern banks of the Euphrates River, after most of the bridges over the river had been shelled, by Russian warplanes as well as the International Coalition warplanes during the past months, in which some ferries are used to transport citizens while the others are used to transport vehicles between the two banks.

High resolution link for map of regime forces’ control with Russian air support of al-Thardah Mountain and the mountain overlooking Deir Ezzor city

High resolution link for the map of Deir Ezzor city and its western desert