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SNHR: 613 barrel bombs dropped on Syria in November 2017

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(Syria News) The Syrian Network for Human Rights issued a report documenting the number of explosive barrels that were used by Assad forces in November 2017, which is considered one of the Syria war crimes against civilians.

According to the report, the barrels bombs that were dropped by the regime helicopters in November reached 613 barrels, mostly over Eastern Ghouta of Damascus, where 524 barrels were dropped.

In the second place came Deir Ezzor, where 51 barrels were dropped, then the countryside of Hama that with 32 barrels and Idlib with six barrels.

The network also reported that the Syrian regime continue bombing civilians with explosive barrels, despite seven round of the Russian, Turkish and Iranian-led Astana talks that were conducted between rebels and Syrian regime to establish four de-escalation zones in Eastern Ghouta, Idlib, northern Homs and some parts of Daraa and Qunaitra.

Furthermore, the network pointed out that the first prominent use of explosive barrels by the regime forces in Syria war took place in October 2012, against the people of Selqin City in the province of Idlib, while indicated that 99% of the victims were civilians, including a percentage of 12% as women and 35% as children.

The Syrian regime unacceptably breached the Security Council decree number 2139, and used barrel bombs in a systematic and widespread method, in a significant violation of Rome Statute, committing intended murder against civilians, the report added.

The network also declared in its report that the regime helicopters dropped more than 5931 barrel bombs from the beginning of 2017 to the end of November in the same year.

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