The UN Human Rights Office today, June 28, 2022, published a report which estimates that 306,887 civilians were killed since 1 March 2011, which is the highest estimate yet of conflict-related civilian deaths in Syria.
The report notes that 306,887 civilians have been killed, stressing that “the extent of civilian casualties in the last 10 years represents a staggering 1.5 per cent of the total population of the Syrian Arab Republic at the beginning of the conflict.”
The report pointed out that the estimate of 306,887 means that on average, every single day, for the past 10 years, 83 civilians suffered violent deaths due to the conflict.
The impact of the killing of each of these reflects the amount of the disaster, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.
The statistics worked on counting the number of people killed as a direct result of war operations. This does not include the many, many more civilians who died due to the loss of access to healthcare, to food, to clean water and other essential human rights, which remain to be assessed,” Bachelet stressed.
The report revealed that the main cause of civilian deaths was the “multiple weapons” that included clashes, ambushes and massacres, forming 35.1% of the killings, while the second reason was the use of heavy weapons, 23.3%.
Since March 18, 2011, a civil war erupted after the Syrian regime carried out an aggressive campaign against protests condemning human rights violations in Syria.
Over the past years, the Syrian regime granted citizenship to a large number of members of Iranian group, who participated in the war against the opposition since 2011.
Millions of displaced people live in camps in north and northwestern Syria, after they fled the regime’s bombing of their villages, towns and cities.