Russian air strikes kill at least 3,000 people in Syria

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Russian air strikes have killed at least 3,000 people since September last year

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A man carries a child from under debris in a site hit by what activists said were air strikes carried out by the Russian Air Force in the town of Douma, eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Wednesday that at least 3,000 people including more than 1,000 civilians, have been killed in Russian air strikes since September 30.  

The human rights watchdog, which monitors the war in Syria using many local sources across the country, said at least 893 DAESH members were also among those killed in the air strikes.

Russian air strikes began targeting Syria on September 30 in support of the regime of Bashar al Assad, mainly hitting opposition held regions rather than DAESH-controlled territory.

More than 250,000 people have died as a result of the ongoing conflict in Syria, which will enter its sixth year in early 2016, turning the country into the world’s largest source of refugees and displaced persons, according to the UN.

Since the start of the conflict, nearly 8 million people have been internally displaced with more than 4 million having fled to neighbouring countries.

TRTWorld and agencies