UN urges Russia to avoid civilian deaths in Syria

Spokesman says countries conducting airstrikes must maximize measures to protect civilian lives

UN urges Russia to avoid civilian deaths in Syria

World Bulletin / News Desk

Russia and other nations carrying out airstrikes in Syria must take every possible measure to avoid civilian deaths and protect civilians, a UN spokesman said Monday.

"All those engaged in military activities in Syria, especially air campaigns, need to maximize measures to avoid unintended consequences and, most importantly, to do whatever they can to avoid civilian casualties and to protect civilians," Stephane Dujarric said in response to a question by Anadolu Agency. 

Russia began airstrikes in September to prop up the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. NATO countries and activist groups say civilians and moderate opposition forces who are fighting against the regime are bearing the brunt of those strikes.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported last week that Russian airstrikes had killed more than 400 civilians.

Dujarric said the UN did not have observers on the ground that could monitor the true targets of the strikes. 

"We obviously receive information from local humanitarian partners. Those are often reflected in the reports of the Security Council on Syria," he added.

On Sunday, Russian strikes hit a crowded marketplace in Idlib, killing at least 44 people, according to media reports.

One of the targets was a bakery  built by the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) that provides bread for approximately 40,000 internally displaced persons.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Aralık 2015, 09:04