Throughout 2016, more Russian air attacks killed civilians in Syria than Coalition air attacks did in all Syria and Iraq.
This year, that has changed.
In January, February, and March, in Syria and Iraq, more Coalition air attacks killed civilians than Russian attacks did.
In Syria alone, Coalition forces killed at least 260 civilians in March, compared to 224 civilians killed by Russia, according to the Syrian Network For Human Rights, (SNHR).
SNHR reports that in March the Coalition was responsible for more massacres in Syria than any other party. SNHR defines a massacre as an incident involving the killing of at least five peaceful individuals at the same time.
At least 50 civilians were reported killed in a 22 March Coalition airstrike on al Badiya school west of Raqqa. The school was used as a shelter for people fleeing the fighting.
Syrian organisations in the UK have called for an urgent investigation, and for a review of Coalition policy on civilian protection.
UK failure to protect civilians adds to the human misery in Syria, undermines the UK’s moral authority, and undermines the UK’s strategic aims of fighting extremism and resolving the refugee crisis.
The UK is a senior partner in the Coalition. A British officer serves as Coalition deputy commander. The UK is co-responsible for Coalition actions.
We are all responsible for the consequences.
Please add your name to our petition for a fresh start on Syria: Call on the UK Government for a new plan to protect civilians.
The girl Reham Al Haj Saleh, age 13, died in #IntlCoalition warplanes missiles fired on Al Tabaqa city in #Raqqa, Dec 20#Syria pic.twitter.com/VBQQdrzoRk— Syrian Network (@snhr) December 21, 2016
The girl Rimas Merwah, died in #IntlCoalition warplanes missiles fired on Tal Abyad Street in #Raqqa, Jan 13 pic.twitter.com/t06krOGWqt— Syrian Network (@snhr) January 14, 2017
#IntlCoalition forces killed technical director of #EuphratesDam in al Tabaqa city in #Raqqa on Mar 27 #SNHRhttps://t.co/Kxfzjyho15 pic.twitter.com/pZTnapHGyp— Syrian Network (@snhr) March 28, 2017
#IntlCoalition forces killed the girl Mariya sl Faraj in al Mansoura county in #Raqqa suburbs on Mar 30 #SNHRhttps://t.co/6KHfT8dnWd pic.twitter.com/lvxdsxEWPw— Syrian Network (@snhr) March 31, 2017
#IntlCoalition forces killed Mohammad al Salem in #Raqqa city on Apr 1 #SNHRhttps://t.co/fXBsjw7tt5 pic.twitter.com/ZsLzB9LaxE— Syrian Network (@snhr) April 2, 2017