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801 killed in 174 attacks targeting bakeries in Syria since 2011

Syrian Network for Human Rights says Syrian-Russian alliance responsible for at least 85% of attacks

Ethem Emre Ozcan   | 17.09.2021
801 killed in 174 attacks targeting bakeries in Syria since 2011

ANKARA

Around 801 Syrians have been killed in attacks targeting at least 174 bakeries in Syria since March 2011, a report by Syrian Network for Human Rights said Friday.

The Paris-based network said 149 of the attacks, approximately 85%, have been committed by the Syrian-Russian alliance.

Of the 174 attacks, the Syrian regime is responsible for 99 of the attacks while Russian forces carried out 50 of them.

The remaining attacks were carried by a host of actors including the US-led coalition forces, Daesh/ISIS terror group, and opposition forces, along with other parties, the 21-page report documented.

Of the 801 killed, the Syrian regime forces were behind 685 deaths, and Russia 47, while a total of 109 children and 70 women were among the fatalities.

The report noted that the attacks on bakeries led to hours of long lines outside still-functioning bakeries exploited by the Syrian regime and Russia that place the blame of the Syrian crisis on the West.

According to the report, the year 2019 witnessed a record level of attacks on bakeries at 28%, with the northwestern Idlib and Aleppo governorates bearing the brunt of the incidents at around 46% and 26%, respectively.

Syria has been mired in a vicious civil war since early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.

*Writing by Ibrahim Mukhtar

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