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More than 1,000 civilians killed in Syria over 4 months : UN

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Published on September 08, 2019 with No Comments

 

·        The UN said two-thirds of those currently in the war-torn province are women and children

·        Nearly all, 1,031 of the deaths, were reportedly attributable to government forces and their allies in Idlib and Hama provinces. Another 58 were caused by “non-state actors,”

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has said that her office has tallied more than 1,000 civilian deaths in northern Syria over the last four months, the majority of them due to air strikes and ground attacks by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and their allies.

Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, told reporters in Geneva that 1,089 civilians were killed in the war-battered country between April 29 and August 29, including 304 children. She said nearly all, 1,031 of the deaths, were reportedly attributable to government forces and their allies in Idlib and Hama provinces. Another 58 were caused by “non-state actors,” she said. Idlib province, which borders Turkey is the final rebel stronghold in the country. In late April, Syrian forces, backed by Russia since 2015, began an offensive in the region in an attempt to capture the strategic area, which lies on a key highway connecting Damascus with the northern city of Aleppo.

Bachelet’s spoke after Save the Children said in a report that more than half of the children in Idlib province will likely be unable to attend school this year as fighting between rebel groups and government forces destroyed hundreds of learning facilities. The aid group said 87 education facilities were destroyed and hundreds damaged during months of fighting. Hospitals and other civilian structures have not been spared from air attacks and shelling.   Idlib is home to three million people, half of whom are already internally displaced from areas previously captured by forces loyal to Assad.

The UN said two-thirds of those currently in the war-torn province are women and children.

 

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