Security and countering violence

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) declared, last Thursday, that the Syrian war left more than 6,800 people dead in 2020. Hence, 2020 marks the year with lowest rates of death in the last 9 years. In 2019, the Syrian conflict led to the death of more than 10,000 people. It reached its peak in 2014 with a death toll of 76,000 according to the SOHR. 

The organization identified 1,528 civilians among the 2020 rates, including 231 of underage. 1,503 of the regime forces, more than 1,000 combatants, Syrian and otherwise, and pro-regime militias died in 2020. 1,500 jihadists, 537 of them are combatants of the Islamic State and 172 of the Syrian Democratic Forces, dominated mostly by Kurds, were found dead in the same period. 

The 2020 record is mainly due to the ceasefire truce in the Northwest part of the country, the last bastion of rebellion and Jihad, and the restriction following the propagation of Covid-19. 

According to SOHR, the conflict in Syria led to 387,000 deaths, 117,000 of them are civilians, since 2011. This record, however, insists the Observatory, does not include the 88,000 deaths of those who were tortured in the regime’s prisons or those who disappeared during the conflict.