Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies (DCHRS)

8,959 Victims Killed in Syria During 2017

8,959 Victims Killed in Syria During 2017

Casualties Report for the Year 2017


General Distribution:

In The year 2017, DCHRS documented 8,959 casualties, including 2,365 children and 972 women. 87% of those killed were civilians. The remaining 12% were combatants, armed rebels, and soldiers from different fighting factions. Children and women respectively made up 14% and 11% of the total number of war casualties during the entire year.


Top Two Provinces with the Highest Number of Victims:

The highest number of casualties in the year 2017 was recorded in Der Ezzor province (2,067 persons in total at a ratio of 23% of entire war victims), followed by Ar-Raqqa Province (1,892 persons in total at a ratio of 21% of entire war victims), most of whom were killed via indiscriminate shelling and airstrikes.


Statistical Analysis of Main Cause of Death Among Casualties:

The outcome of last year’s statistical analysis concluded that 2,836 were killed by regime’s shelling and airstrikes at a 32% is ratio of the war. Thus, (indiscriminate shelling and airstrikes) was the number one cause of death in Syria during the year 2017.


Distribution of Casualties Killed by Regime Strikes, US-led Coalition’s Airstrikes, Russian Strikes, and Turkish Strikes:

Syrian regime airstrikes killed 2,836 accumulating to 32% of the entire number of victims, US led coalition strikes killed 1,826 victims with a ratio of 20% of total war victims, Russian airstrikes resulted in the death of 1,054 victims accumulating to 12% of the entire casualties, and the Turkish airstrikes resulted in the death of 73 victims with a ratio of 1% of war victims.





The total number of combatants that DCHRS documented is approximately 1,134 casualties with a ratio of 12% of the total number of victims. Nevertheless, 25% is the ratio of women and children combined. Therefore, for every soldier killed, two (children and/or women) are also killed, and about more than five civilians are also killed.


Based on the above statistics and charts, the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies (DCHRS) calls the international community to terminate the indiscriminate aggression of aerial aviation, which is designed specifically to target civilians deliberately. DCHRS commends any efforts or initiatives to establish a safe zone in Syria, which shall save many lives of civilians. Furthermore, DCHRS condemns the constant aerial bombardment of the regime air forces, Russian air forces, and the U.S led coalition forces, for perpetrating crimes against humanity and war crimes against the Syrian Civilians. Also, DCHRS denounces the continues failure of the UN Security Council to achieve mechanisms to end violence in Syria, and to account crime perpetrators to justice. Additionally, DCHRS urges the UN and the international community to further implement the “Ceasefire” agreement, the “de-escalation zone” agreement, and to create a no-fly zone that could prevent the deaths of many children, women, and civilians.


DCHRS, inspired by its main mission in documenting and monitoring human rights violation in Syria and as a member of the  International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP), urges all the concerned organization to work on, referring the cases of these massacres, and the many other massacres perpetrated by the Syrian regime, to the I.C.C. and the specialized courts, holding the individuals responsible for these crimes accountable including Bashar Al-Assad as he is the chief-in-command of the army and the armed forces.


Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies (DCHRS)

Jan 01, 2018



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Dr. Radwan Ziadeh, Executive director of the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies.
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DCHRS is an independent, non-governmental organization, established in 2005, located in the Syrian capital of Damascus. Its mission is to foster a spirit of support and respect for the values and standards of human rights in Syria. As such, DCHRS recognizes and adheres to all pertinent international human rights agreements and declarations issued by the UN.

  • DCHRS is a member of the following international networks:
  • International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
  • Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN)
  • NGO Coalition for the international Criminal Court
  • International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP)
  • International Coalition of Sites of Conscience


DCHRS worked on a variety of documentation projects. Such projects included daily casualty reports, massacre reports, and other human rights violations reports. Also DCHRS has been working on advocacy and lobbying in different human rights institutions in order to educate and acknowledge about the deteriorating human rights situation in Syria. DCHRS opened local offices in Syria in order to document, collect, and observe human rights violations on the ground. After the launch of the Syrian revolution, the center increased its activities through working, communicating, and coordinating with many members and activists. Thus the center began documenting daily violations committed by the Syrian regime forces that can be classified as crimes against humanities and war crimes. Such violations included: extrajudicial killings, massacres, arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances, rape, torture in prisons. DCHRS submitted those reports to many international and regional human rights organizations and communicated with the Report of the independent international commission of inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic on Syria.