DeirEzzor – Sound and Picture

Ibrahim, Karam and mai Al-Hafiz, three Syrian children, have been killed along with their mother in the Russian strikes over Al-Ardi neighborhood in Deir Ezzor city few days ago. The Russian raids have caused the death of women and children in Sooseh village in Albu Kamal countryside, where they targeted the house of Talyoush family killing 10 people and many of civilian casualties in a new massacre added to the Russian criminality record.

The Russian military intervention in Syria began on 30 September 2015, under the pretext of “fighting terrorism”, following a formal request by the Syrian government. Russia claimed that the bombing is targeting IS’s sites which controls several eastern and central areas in Syria. However, The Russian forces, just like the Syrian regime, have committed several massacres so far in various areas in Syria.

The Russian terrorism and the innocent victims

Given the raids the international coalition forces led by the United States, which have also conducted on IS-controlled areas in Syria, the Russian raids caused more deaths to innocent people under the pretext of terrorism, compared to coalition’s raids. The Russian bombing “has become more terrible” as described by Taim Ramadan, “Sound and Picture” reporter in Deir Ezzor, stressing that the Russian warplanes have targeted a large residential sites free of IS’s headquarters. He also explained that in the past month only, The Russian warplanes targeted 26 locations in Raqqa, of which only two of IS’s sites were targeted, while the rest of the raids targeted random areas of Raqqa. Ramadan added, describing the situation of the people in light of the repeated raids “The sound of bombing terrifies parents, they are in constant fear, and this fear will continue as long as warplanes are flying over the areas of Raqqa and Deir Ezzor.”

The Russian Strikes are a promotional material to IS

The Russian Fight against IS has given IS a huge promotional substance for its media as it helped IS to promote itself as “the warrior which fights against the Russian intervention in Syria”. IS also took advantages of the Russian raids to make a new propaganda, especially with the massacres committed by the Russian warplanes recently, as in Albu Kamal city, where the scene of the dead bodies there helped IS to promote that “the West is killing the Muslims,” ​​forgetting that IS itself is a partner in the crimes committed against Syrians. The Syrian regime and its allies of Iranian and Shia militias, the Russian forces, the international coalition, and IS, all have a share of the Syrian blood in the five past years.

Displacement and immigration

Under intense shelling witnessed in IS-controlled areas by several international parties, as well as Assad’s forces since 2012, and in light of the Syrian people plight, families were forced to leave towards the unknown. It became impossible for some people to cope with the density of the random air raids carried out by the Russian warplanes which target residential areas.

In Palmyra, for example, “Sound and Picture” reporter confirmed that the shelling in the city targeted residential buildings free of IS’s fighters or headquarters, and that the majority of victims of the bombing are from Palmyra, where the brutal raids forced about 40% of the city’s population to leave toward different areas. The Syrian regime and the Russian raids have caused severe damage to the infrastructure and destroyed hundreds of homes within the city under the pretext of fighting IS.

The Russian intensive raids on the eastern regions of Deir Ezzor Raqqa and Palmyra, have caused several massacres by targeting markets and residential areas, which naturally led to the fall of civilians, according to “Sound and Picture” statistical, 135 civilian from Deir Ezzor and Raqqa were killed as a result of the Russian strikes during the period from September 30 to November 25.

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Sound and Picture organization: We are a group of Syrian human rights activists. We noticed the lack of bodies which document abuses against civilians inside Syria, therefore we decided to establish this project, it is specialized to document the violations which have committed by all sides in the ongoing conflict in Syria against civilians in a professional way. The organization is documenting all kinds of violations, and working on the accounting for the groups which committed these violations by the international community. The organization is completely independent, and does not follow any political or military bodies, whether inside or outside Syria.

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