Syria: Government Forces Apparently Abuse Civilians


Beirut – Syrian government forces appear to have retaliated against civilians who chose to remain behind in areas retaken in Idlib, Human Rights Watch said. Images provided to Human Rights Watch show that government forces may have shot at civilians and despoiled their bodies in towns where the government retook control in Idlib and Aleppo governorates.

“Syrian-Russian forces have indiscriminately bombed areas to force civilians to flee en masse, and now appear to be terrorizing civilians who remain behind,” said Michael Page, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “The abusive troops, and the commanders who fail to stop them, should be held accountable.”

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