Middle East

Assad regime blamed for most civilian deaths in Syria

At least 180,879 civilians have been killed by the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria since March 2011, according to a report released by the NGO Syrian Network for Human Rights.
According to the report released on November 19, "Government forces committed large scale massacres that took the lives of hundreds of individuals in few hours like when it shelled Al Ghouta with toxic gasses and stormed Jdaidet Al Fadel town in Damascus suburbs, and committed other massacres in Baniyas and Al Bayda in Tartous".
The report also noted armed opposition groups killing 2,669 civilians, unidentified groups (2,002 civilians), Daesh (1,712); Kurdish forces (379), al-Nusra front (347), Russian forces (263) and international coalition forces (251).  
At least 250,000 people have been killed since the Syria conflict began in 2011, according to UN figures, with 7.6 million internally displaced and over four million having fled to nearby countries.

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