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Do You Know of Civilian Abuse in Syria

The reports from the United Nations stated that there were many and serious Syrian civilain abuse and human rights violations during the civil war in Syria. The war was reported by the United Nations as that kind of war devoid of compliance to the norms set by the international law, leading to sufferings of civilians that cannot be measured as a result of warring parties.

Most of the abuses on human rights violations were said to be committed by the Syrian government, although according to different human rights organizations and the United Nations, human rights violations can be traced back to the doings of both rebels and the government.

Aside from the conduct of torture and extrajudicial killings, the Assad regime was blamed of using chlorine gas as chemical weapons against the civilians. Not only was Assad accused of aerial bombardment and shelling that were not discriminating and were not proportionate, the regime spread terror because of its mass civilian casualties. There were reports also of war crimes committed by the Free Syrian Army and rebel groups, such as the recruitment of children to become soldiers, populated civilian areas that were shelled, members of religious minorities being murdered or taken hostages, and poisonous gas being used.

It is a painful fact that most of us have heard and seen, that in Syria’s 3rd year of conflict, many atrocities are unimaginable, from aerial attacks to civilians, physical assaults and rape on women, and so on, that made news to cover about the situation in Syria.

It is disheartening to know some facts and issues about Syria that we can hear and see on the news, from major part of cities, houses, schools, hospitals and water systems reduced to the ground, and together of which more than 80,000 Syrians were killed and thousands of kids died.

Imagine a refugee camp in Lebanon during the months of winter, with the surroundings covered with snow and people are trying to get warm by going inside boxes and covering themselves with little cloth, and eyes of despair from children staring at you.

In just matters of seconds, homes, lives, careers and everything were lost from women who would tell you of their experiences. Women will tell you how they are traumatized by rape, their lost sons, husbands and brothers because of the war. Before they had careers and happy and peaceful lives, but they want nothing else now than just peace.

It is a fact that Syria and Iran considered themselves as strategic allies that they have to support each other. Iran has aided the Syrian government during the Syrian civil war since 2011, through the Iranian revolutionary guard, by increasing the level of technical and personnel support so that Syria will have the “ability to deal with protesters”, plus sending equipment to control riots, and giving techniques to monitor intelligence.