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Syria: Nearly 900 civil facilities targeted in 2017

Health centers, schools, mosques, markets and residential areas were targeted by various warring parties

08.01.2018
Syria: Nearly 900 civil facilities targeted in 2017 Health care equipments are seen under the debris of a hospital's room after airstrikes hit the opposition controlled Hazarin village of Idlib, Syria on September 26, 2017. (Ahmed Khatib - Anadolu Agency)

By Adham Kako

ANKARA

At least 898 vital civil facilities -- including schools, mosques, health centers and residential areas -- have been targeted in war-torn Syria, a rights group said on Monday.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) released a report on facilities targeted by warring parties.

According to the report, 431 vital civil facilities were targeted by regime forces, 239 by Russian forces and 101 by the U.S.-led international coalition. Daesh and PKK/PYD terrorist groups targeted 29 and eight facilities, respectively.

As many as 24 civil facilities were targeted in clashes between opposition groups and regimes forces, while 66 others were targeted by unidentified parties.

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million others displaced, according to UN officials.

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