Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Minimum of 24,168 civilians killed since Commons vote – true number may be over 42,000

Cross-posted from NFZSyria.org.



The Violations Documentation Center in Syria has now documented 24,168 civilians killed since the 29 August 2013 UK Parliament vote rejecting military intervention in Syria.

That vote was on a Government motion which raised the possibility of military action in response to a massive chemical weapons attack on civilians by the Assad regime; however the motion was clear that military action could only take place after a UN Security Council debate, and after a further vote in the House of Commons.

224 Members of Parliament of the opposition Labour Party, under the leadership of Ed Miliband, as well as 39 backbench coalition MPs and 22 other MPs, voted against the motion.

The figure of 24,168 civilians killed since is from the Violations Documentation Center online database, and may have been updated by the time you read this. The VDC are just one of the organisations collecting and verifying reports of deaths in Syria. They are not able to document every death.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has issued a series of reports on violent deaths in the Syria conflict by comparing information from a number of organisations on the ground, including the VDC. The most recent UN report covers the period from the start of protests in March 2011 up to the end of April 2014. It gave a minimum number of 191,369 confirmed violent deaths. According to the report, that number is “likely undercounting the true total number of conflict-related killings that have occurred during this time period.” For that same time period, the VDC was only able to document 109,531 confirmed violent deaths including regime deaths, just over half of the UN number. Therefore the VDC number is a significant undercount compared to the UN number, which itself is a minimum count and therefore an undercount by an unknown margin.

If the VDC undercount of civilian deaths for the period since the UK Parliament vote is of the same proportion as the undercount of all violent deaths for the period covered by the UN report, then the number of civilian deaths since the House of Commons vote is over 42,000.

For the entire conflict, the VDC has documented 78,819 civilians killed to date, greater than the recorded number of British civilians killed in the Second World War. By the same calculation of comparing to the UN count, the true figure of civilians violently killed in Syria since March 2011 is likely to be over 137,000. All violent deaths, civilian and military, are now well over 200,000.

None of these figures include war-related deaths caused by exposure, malnutrition, and destruction of medical services; more fallen sparrows than we can count.

Below are the 95 civilians that the Violations Documentation Center listed as killed in one day, Christmas Day, 2014.

Unidentified 3 Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Maskaneh 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Unidentified 2 Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Maskaneh 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Unidentified 1 Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Maskaneh 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Hasan Ali al-Tahhan al-Noaemi Non-Civilian Adult - Male Quneitra 2014-12-25 Shooting
Abdul Salam al-Jahush Non-Civilian Adult - Male Damascus Suburbs Kanaker 2014-12-25 Shooting
Alaa al-Rafea Non-Civilian Adult - Male Quneitra Rafeed 2014-12-25 Shooting
Rifaa al-Hadhud Civilian Adult - Female Homs Der Baalba 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Ameera Mohammad al-Khateeb Civilian Adult - Female Idlib Taftanaz 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Ahmad Adnan Musa al-Khateeb Non-Civilian Adult - Male Quneitra Mashareh 2014-12-25 Shooting
Hasan Ahmad al-Naqo Civilian Child - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Abdul Kader Faraj Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Mohammad Ali al-Hameed Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Ibrahem Meho Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Majed Merash Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Khaleel Ali al-Ali Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Musa al-Hamood Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Hasan Abbas Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Muhammad Shukri Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Qasem Hesso Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Kheder Hesso Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Mustafa Hmado al-Shehabi Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Ahmad Hmado al-Shehabi Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Satouf al-Naqo Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Ibrahem al-Mustafa Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Bazzaa 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Mohammad Omar Mahmoud al-Jabali Civilian Child - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Mohammad Shasho Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Kabbasin 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Mohammad Abdul Baset Aboud Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Ismael Khamees Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Mustafa Kassar Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Husain al-Nayef Civilian Child - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Waseem al-Ghawi Civilian Child - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Abdul Hameed al-Ghawi Civilian Child - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Unidentified Civilian Child - Male Hama Abo Fashafeesh village 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Khawla Mustafa al-Hallak Civilian Child - Female Idlib Habeet 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Hassan Adnan al-Rahmoon Non-Civilian Adult - Male Idlib Jarjanaz 2014-12-25 Shooting
Akram Abdulla Haj Qasem Civilian Adult - Male Idlib Saraqib 2014-12-25 Detention - Torture
Mohammad Musa al-Khaled Non-Civilian Adult - Male Daraa 2014-12-25 Shooting
Yusri Ali Mahmoud al-Barm Non-Civilian Adult - Male Daraa Giza 2014-12-25 Shooting
Unidentified Non-Civilian Adult - Male Daraa Sheikh Miskeen 2014-12-25 Shooting
Mohammad Qatleesh Civilian Adult - Male Daraa Dael 2014-12-25 Shelling
Mohammad Yosef Abo Zaid Civilian Adult - Male Daraa Dael 2014-12-25 Shelling
Alaa Abo al-Nadr Non-Civilian Adult - Male Damascus Suburbs Daraya 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Ammar Musa al-Hariri Civilian Adult - Male Daraa Dael 2014-12-25 Shelling
Mamoun Khaleel al-Tamr al-Jbawi Non-Civilian Adult - Male Daraa Jassim 2014-12-25 Shooting
Unidentified Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Manbej 2014-12-25 Kidnapping - Execution
Usama Hawa Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Anadan 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Yousef Ibraheem al-Asad "al-Shaikh Deeb" Civilian Adult - Male Hama Karnaz 2014-12-25 Detention - Torture
Omar Ahmad Thalji Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Zakwan Mohammad al-Abes Non-Civilian Adult - Male Idlib Jarjanaz 2014-12-25 Shooting
Mohammad Abdul Moniem Deebo Non-Civilian Adult - Male Idlib Jarjanaz 2014-12-25 Shooting
Mohammad Khaled al-Heer Civilian Adult - Male Idlib Maarat Numan: Deir Sharqee 2014-12-25 Detention - Torture
Hasan Aboud Non-Civilian Adult - Male Idlib Bsagla 2014-12-25 Shooting
Mohammad Zaatout Civilian Adult - Male Damascus Yarmuk Camp 2014-12-25 Detention - Torture
Abo Rabea al-Bukaie Civilian Adult - Male Damascus Suburbs Yalda 2014-12-25 Shooting
Bilal Tareefe Civilian Child - Male Damascus Suburbs Douma 2014-12-25 Other
Ghaith Muhi Eddin al-Shazeli Civilian Child - Male Damascus Suburbs Douma 2014-12-25 Shelling
Ahmed Darwish Civilian Adult - Male Damascus Suburbs Harasta 2014-12-25 Chemical and toxic gases
Abo Malek al-Masri Civilian Adult - Male Damascus Suburbs Harasta 2014-12-25 Chemical and toxic gases
Ihsan Mahmoud al-Shaeir Civilian Adult - Male Daraa Kafrshams 2014-12-25 Detention - Torture
Sobh Mohammad Metiemb al-Aloush Non-Civilian Adult - Male Daraa Harra 2014-12-25 Shooting
Ali Abdul Ghani Anees Civilian Adult - Male Damascus Suburbs Douma 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Maan Sahl al-Radi Non-Civilian Adult - Male Daraa Naseeb 2014-12-25 Shooting
Abo Obaida al-Ansari Non-Civilian Adult - Male Homs Waar 2014-12-25 Shooting
Majdi Azzam Farhat Civilian Adult - Male Idlib Binnish 2014-12-25 Shelling
Unidentified Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Batbo 2014-12-25 Shooting
Hosain Sayel al-Mostafa Civilian Adult - Male Hama Kaferzita 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Ahmad Khaled Obaid Civilian Adult - Male Hama Kaferzita 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Mahmoud Abd al-Moetei al-Elaiwi Civilian Adult - Male Hama Shehrnaz 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Hasan Mohammad al-Salloum Civilian Child - Male Hama Shehrnaz 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Mahmoud Mohammad al-Saloum Civilian Child - Male Hama Shehrnaz 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Abo Sardah Non-Civilian Adult - Male Damascus 2014-12-25 Shooting
Mohammad Taher Wais Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Maher Taleb Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Mohammad al-Hasan Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Abo Taha al-Turkmani Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Abo Ibrahem al-Ghawi Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Ahmad Swaid Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Joud al-Ghawi Civilian Child - Female Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Futoon Abo Zahed Civilian Child - Female Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Hasna Mahmoud al-Sawas Civilian Adult - Female Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Fatema al-Sawas Civilian Adult - Female Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Mohammad Shaker Mehho Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Abdul Ghani Sheikh Ahmad Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Jomaa Qadour Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Unidentified 1 Civilian Child - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Unidentified 2 Civilian Child - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Unidentified 3 Non-Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Unidentified 4 Non-Civilian Adult - Male Aleppo Bab 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Shamoun Ali al-Jamous Civilian Adult - Male Homs Waar 2014-12-25 Shooting
Abdul Ilah Ramadan al-Alewi Non-Civilian Adult - Male Homs Khalidiya 2014-12-25 Shooting
Unidentified Non-Civilian Adult - Male Quneitra 2014-12-25 Shooting
Wesam Ebraheem al-Eibrahim Non-Civilian Adult - Male Homs Hula 2014-12-25 Shelling
Ibraheem Ahmad al-Aytam Civilian Adult - Male Idlib Ketyan 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Mohammad Hasoun Civilian Adult - Male Idlib Ketyan 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling
Basem Nadim Civilian Adult - Male Idlib Ketyan 2014-12-25 Warplane shelling

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