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News, October 2017
3050 Syrians Killed in September 2017 by US-Russian-Regime Air Strikes and Attacks
October 1, 2017
The coalition which fights the Islamic State and other Sunni groups in Syria consists of US-led NATO forces, Russian forces, Syrian Alewite government forces, Iranian-backed Shi'i militias, and Kurdish peshmerga forces. The coalition's continuous attacks have resulted in the killing of thousands of Iraqi and Syrian Sunni Muslim Arabs and the eviction of millions of them as a result of the destruction of their cities and villages.
The end outcome is going to be the weakening and possible dismantling of Iraqi and Syrian states as well as the eviction (ethnic cleansing of) Sunni Muslim Arabs, particularly from the upper Euphrates region of northwestern Iraq and northeastern Syria.
The larger context for understanding the Syrian war (and other wars in the Middle East) is that it contributes to the implementation of the Zionist-Israeli plan of destroying the Arab Middle Eastern states in preparation for the establishment of the greater Israeli empire, from the Nile of Egypt to the Euphrates of Iraq.
For a background, read:
The following are news stories from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) website (http://www.syriahr.com/en/):
56 were killed yesterday including 9 members of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them and about 35 other persons
In Deir Ezzor Province 13 citizens were killed, they are: 9 persons including 2 women and 2 children were killed in bombing by warplanes believed to be Russian on Beqres town, and 4 citizens including a woman were killed in raids on the towns of al-Mojawdeh, Siyala, Al-Boleel.
In Rif Dimashq Province 3 citizens were killed including a fighter of the factions, they were killed in shelling by the regime forces on Hosh Al-Dawahra area in the Eastern Ghouta, and 2 men were killed in the fall of rocket shells launched by the regime forces on areas in Al-Shifonyyah town in the Eastern Ghouta.
In Daraa Province a fighter of the faction died affected by wounds he had when the regime forces opened the fire of machineguns on areas at the outskirts of Manshiyyeh neighborhood in Daraa city.
It rose to 34, including 8 children and 7 women, the number of martyrs who were killed by 2 separate airstrikes on Armanaz town in the same area where the second airstrikes was carried out; during the attempt to rescue the victims of the first airstrikes.
while it rose to 11 including 5 women and 3 children, the number of people who were killed in the massacre carried out by warplanes believed to belong to the International Coalition, that targeted areas in the vicinity of Aisha hospital and the neighborhood of al-Jamyat and the vicinity of Fayhaa Square and al-Intilaq street in the city of al-Bukamal, while a Kazakh leader in “Al-Khair State” and his wife were killed as a result of targeting them by bombing by a drone plane on Al-Asharah area in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor.
And 9 members of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them were killed in shelling and clashes against the “Islamic State” organization and the factions.
And at least 11 fighters of the “Islamic State” organization of non-Syrian nationalities were killed in clashes, bombing by warplanes and helicopters and shelling on areas of their presence.
The highest monthly death toll in 2017, more than 3050 people were killed in September
More than 70% of civilian casualties in September were killed by International Coalition’s warplanes as well as Russian warplanes
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented the death of 3055 in September 2017 which is the highest monthly death toll in 2017, and the death toll is as follows:
Civilian casualties: 955 people including 207 children under the age of eighteen, and 148 women over the age of eighteen, and they were killed as follows:
395 including 92 children and 71 citizen women were killed in raids by Syrian and Russian warplanes and by regime’s helicopters on several areas of Syria. 91 including 22 children and 10 citizen women were killed in shelling by the regime forces using rocket and artillery shells, missiles believed to be ground-to-ground, targeting and sniper bullets. 6 citizens were killed under torture in Syrian security prisons. 17 including 4 children and 3 citizen woman were killed in targeting and the fall of mortar shells launched by the rebel and Islamic factions. 11 including 5 children and a woman were killed by the fire of the Turkish border guards. 10 were executed by the “Islamic State” organization. 26 including 3 children and 5 citizen women were killed in the fall of shells launched by the “Islamic State” organization and by the fire of its machineguns. 282 including 68 children and 45 citizen women were killed in airstrikes by the warplanes of the international coalition. 5 citizens including a child were killed in the detonating of cars and booby trapped vehicles. 7 including 1 child were killed by Syria Democratic Forces. 47 including 5 children and 5 citizen women were killed in landmine explosions. 14 including 2 children and 2 citizen women were killed in unknown circumstances. 1 person was killed during clashes between the Islamic Factions. 4 persons were killed by Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham. 10 citizens including a child and a woman were killed due to bad healthy conditions and the absence of necessary treatment. 29 including 3 children and 5 women were executed by the regime forces.
Syrian fighters of Islamic and repel factions and the SDF and other movement s and organizations: 550
The regime forces: 322
Members of the Popular Committees, and the National Defense Forces, and militiamen loyal to the regime forces of Syrian nationalities: 368
Fighters of the Lebanese Hezbollah: 22
Fighters of militiamen loyal to the regime of non-Syrian nationalities mostly of Shiite people: 78
Unknown people: 14
Fighters of Islamic and repel factions and ISIS and Nusra Front (Qaeda organization of the Levant), and Mujahedeen and al-Ansar Army and Islamic Turkestan Party of non-Syrian nationalities: 738
Russian Forces: 8
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reiterates its calls for the international parties to do their utmost efforts to stop the bloodshed of the Syrian people, who faced tyranny and injustice to reach a state of justice, democracy, freedom and equality, as we the Syrian Observatory pledge to continue to monitor and document the massacres, violations, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed against the Syrian people., in addition to the publication of statistics about them in order to stop the perpetration of these crimes, violations and atrocities against the Syrian people, and to refer the perpetrators of these violations to the concerned courts of the state, so as not to escape their punishment for the crimes they committed against the people who was and still dream of having a democracy, freedom, justice and equality for all the people of Syria.
Death of more citizens in Al-Bokamal raises the death toll to more than 65 casualties of who were killed during less than 72 hours of intensive raids on its countryside
Dier Ezzor Province –
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: a man was killed and other people were injured, as a result of shelling by warplanes on areas in Sheikh Yasin neighborhood in Deir Ezzor city, while the number of casualties of who were killed by raids by warplanes whose identity is not known whether they were Russian or related to the International Coalition after the midnight of Saturday – Sunday, has increased to 5 casualties including a man and his wife, while the bombing resulted in a large number of wounded and missing, in which some of the injuries are seriously wounded, while the fate of the missing people under the ruins of the destruction caused by the bombing, which may increase the death toll, while the number of casualties who have been killed since the dawn of Friday the 29th of September 2017 until today the 1st of September 2017, by the bombing on Deir Ezzor province has increased to 66 persons at least including 12 children and 19 citizen women, the intensive raids also left tens of injuries, some of them are seriously wounded, which may increase the death toll, the bombing also caused material damage to the property of the citizens.
The regime forces shell Al-Lataminah and the western and the southern countryside of Idlib leaving casualties and wounded
Idlib Province –
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the regime forces shelled areas in Bdama town in the western countryside of Jisr Al-Shughur, and no information about injuries was reported, and the regime forces also shelled areas in Sukayk Farms in the Southern countryside of Idlib, and no information about casualties was reported.
Hama Province – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the regime forces shelled areas in Al-Lataminah town in the northern countryside of Hama, which resulted in the death of a woman and the injury of others.
The aerial, rocket and artillery shelling escalates in the Eastern Ghouta two days after a massacre there
The warplanes carried out several raids on places in the area of Jobar – Ein Tarm in the eastern outskirts of the capital, and the western outskirts of the Eastern Ghouta, and no information about casualties was reported, while the regime forces shelled areas in Haush al-Dawahira town and its outskirts by 7 missiles believed to be land-to-land, while several shells fell on areas in Douma city in the Eastern Ghouta, without information about injuries, while a citizen woman was killed and other persons were injured, as a result of shelling by the regime forces on areas in Masraba town in the Eastern Ghouta, while two shells fired by the regime forces, fell on areas in Saqba and Kafr Batna towns in the Eastern Ghouta, which caused material damage, without information about casualties, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published this morning, that the regime forces renewed their shelling targeting areas in Haush al-Dawahira in the Eastern Ghouta, accompanied by clashes between Jaysh Al-Islam against the regime forces and gunmen loyal to them in the vicinity of the area, amid attempts by the regime forces to achieve advancement in the area, and the regime forces also shelled areas in Al-Shaffuniyya town near Douma city, by 3 missiles and two shells at least, which caused material damage, without information about casualties.
And the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 29th of September 2017, that 21 citizens at least including 8 children and a woman were killed on the 29th of September 2017, they were killed by rocket shelling by the regime forces on the cities and the towns of Douma, Saqba, Masraba, Harasta and Beit Sawa, where 10citizens were killed they are a man and 3 of his children as well as two other children of another family, and about 10 were injured with different severity due to the fall of 6 shells on areas in Beit Sawa town which is controlled by al-Rahman Corps, while the regime forces shelled with one shell an area in Saqba city which is also controlled by al-Rahman Corps, killing a women and injuring 6 other citizens, while the regime forces also shelled areas in the town of Mesraba, which is controlled by Jaysh Al-Islam, killing 2 citizens including a child, while the regime forces shelled areas in Douma city which is controlled by Jaysh Al-Islam, killing 3 citizens including 2 children and injuring about 3 others, while a man was killed by shelling by the regime forces on Harasta city, and the death toll is expected to increase due to the presence of injured people in critical conditions.
These targeting and killings of civilians comes within the first operation of the regime forces to revenge for the death of tens of their soldiers and armed militiamen who were killed yesterday and day before yesterday in explosions carried out by al-Rahman Corps near the walls of the Capital Damascus, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published that with the death of wounded, the number of casualties in the ranks of the regime forces and gunmen loyal to them, is increasing, in the outskirts of the capital Damascus and the outskirts of its Eastern Ghouta, as a result of successive explosions carried out by Al-Rahman Corps, operating in Jobar and the western outskirts of the Eastern Ghouta, where the number of casualties of the regime forces and gunmen loyal to them whose death was documented by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has increased to 54 persons at leas of who were killed in explosions in buildings where they located, in the east of Jobar and the west of Ein Tarma, during 24 hours extended between Thursday the 28th of September 2017, and Wednesday the 27th of September 2017.
The following are news stories from the US Department of Defense website (http://www.defense.gov/News) :
Russian airstrikes force thousands of civilians to flee their areas in Idlib
by Loaa Adel Sep 28, 2017, 7:14 pm
Hama (Syria News) --
Local media sources informed that thousands of civilians, from eastern Hama, have fled their area due to the latest Russian air strikes, Qasioun News reported on Wednesday.
The sources revealed that thousands of civilians from the villages located in eastern Hama have fled toward Sinjar area, in the eastern countryside of Idlib, after the latest Russian air strikes on their areas.
Moreover, nearly 25,000 residents left the villages of Qasr Ali, Qasr Shawy, Arafa, Rabda, Hazm, Muwaileh, and Qasr Ben Wardan due to the intense Russian shelling on their villages, the sources added.
The sources also pointed out that people who fled to Qalaat Al-Madiq Town, in western Hama, were forced to flee again toward Zawya Mount Village in Idlib, after the air strikes that were carried out on the city.
It is noteworthy that the villages, located in eastern Hama, are witnessing intensive air strikes by Russian and Syrian warplanes, leaving several casualties amid the civilians.
Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq
From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 34 strikes consisting of 43 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Officials reported details of yesterday's strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Strikes in Syria
In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 28 strikes consisting of 32 engagements against ISIS targets:
-- Near Abu Kamal, three strikes engaged four ISIS units and destroyed three vehicles.
-- Near Raqqa, 25 strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed 21 fighting positions, 17 vehicles and a heavy machine gun.
Strikes in Iraq
In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of 11 engagements against ISIS targets:
-- Near Qaim, a strike destroyed an ISIS staging area and an ISIS headquarters.
-- Near Beiji, a strike suppressed an ISIS tactical unit and a mortar team.
-- Near Huwijah, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two tunnels; and damaged four ISIS supply routes.
-- Near Tuz, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed a tactical vehicle, a heavy machine gun and a fighting position.
Additionally, 19 strikes consisting of 42 engagements were conducted in Syria and Iraq on Sept. 10-28 that closed within the last 24 hours:
-- On Sept. 10, near Raqqa, Syria, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.
-- On Sept. 14, near Raqqa, Syria, a strike destroyed an ISIS fighting position.
-- On Sept. 18, near Raqqa, Syria, a strike destroyed an ISIS fighting position.
-- On Sept. 24, near Raqqa, Syria, a strike destroyed an ISIS fighting position.
-- On Sept. 27, near Raqqa, Syria, four strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed a vehicle, a logistics node and a headquarters.
-- On Sept. 28, near Asad, Iraq, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed six vehicles.
-- On Sept. 28, near Huwijah, Iraq, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed 29 vehicles, seven fighting positions, two tunnel entrances, two weapons caches, a command-and-control node, a staging area, a medium machine gun, a headquarters and an ISIS-held building.
-- On Sept. 28, near Raqqa, Syria, eight strikes destroyed two ISIS fighting positions; and suppressed six fighting positions.
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