Wednesday 18 September, 2019

UN rights chief: 1,000 civilians dead in Syria over 4 months

The UN human rights chief says her office has tallied more than 1,000 civilian deaths in Syria over the last four months, the majority of them due to airstrikes and ground attacks by President Bashar Assad's forces and their allies.

Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, says 1,089 civilians were killed in the war-battered country between April 29 and August 29, including 304 children.

She said nearly all — 1,031 — were reportedly attributable to government forces and their allies in Idlib and Hama provinces. Another 58 were caused by "non-state actors."

Bachelet was speaking to reporters in Geneva on Wednesday to go over her first year in office.

Idlib province, near Syria's border with Turkey, is the final stronghold of the rebels in Syria.

Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: