The Syrian Network for Human Rights has released a new report documenting the massacres against civilians in Deir Ezzor province which were perpetrated by Russian planes last month. The report confirms the killing of 99 civilians in indiscriminate Russian airstrikes on both the villages of Khisham and Al-Tabiya east Deir Ezzor.
The report documents the two massacres perpetrated by Russian warplanes in the village of Al-Tabiya on Friday 22 January 2016, and the massacre in the town of Khisham on Saturday 23 January 2016. Even though the Syrian Network has recorded few Russian airstrikes in Deir Ezzor compared to other provinces, it has concluded that several Russian air raids on Deir Ezor province have targeted civilians targets and densely populated areas under ISIS control.
The network has also contacted a number of civilians, including activists and families of the victims, living under ISIS control in Deir Ezzor. They all spoke on condition of anonymity during interviews conducted by the organization. Their testimonies were added in the report.
The report confirms that all the areas that have been targeted by Russian warplanes were nothing but civilian areas and residential buildings devoid of any ISIS headquarters or weapons depots neither during nor before Russian airstrikes. What has been mentioned in the report document the minimum massacres and violations which have been committed by Russian air strikes so far. It also does not include the social, economic and psychological impact of these violations.
Russian authorities have denied all these accusations, and their media claim that the Russian warplanes conduct air strikes on ISIS-military targets only.
Link to the report