- Bassam Khabieh/Reuters
More than 300,000 civilians have been killed since the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011, at least 19,000 of them from the Assad regime’s bombing raids on rebel-held areas.
Assad and his forces use barrel bombs – steel barrels packed with explosives and shrapnel – to terrorize the population, often killing as many as 100 people at a time.
The military is known to target neighborhoods where civilians congregate, such as hospitals, bakeries, schools, and playgrounds.
As a result, “everyday decisions-whether to go visit a neighbor, to send your child to school, to step out to buy bread- have become, potentially, decisions about life and death,” Frederic Hof, a former State Department policy planner on Syria under the current White House who is now a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, wrote in an analysis of the war’s casualties.
The video below shows men trying to rescue children from a crumbling building in the aftermath of an airstrike – and demonstrates the kind of heroism that has become commonplace in a country that has been ravaged by war for nearly five years:
— Rami (@RamiAlLolah) October2, 2015