Civilian casualties on the rise in Syria while World loses focus to...

Civilian casualties on the rise in Syria while World loses focus to Ukraine



Nearly 3 years after the anti-government uprising began in Syria, the bloodshed shows no sign of abating and the number of civilian casualties is rising.

The anti-government demonstrations started 3 years ago amid the so-called Arab Spring movement that sought democracy for the region. They gradually escalated into a full-scale civil war between the government of President Bashar al-Assad and his opponents.UN-mediated peace negotiations started in January, but hit a snag.

In a stepped-up campaign against the opposition, government forces are dropping so-called barrel bombs on populated areas.

The cylindrical-shaped bombs are one or two meters long.

They spray shrapnel over a wide area and cause serious injuries.

A human rights organization says the death toll from this type of bomb has surpassed 1,500 so far this year.

The anti-government camp claims most of the victims are civilians and accuses the government of atrocities.

A 14-year-old boy sustained serious leg wounds in his house when a barrel bomb exploded in the northwestern city of Idlib. He is receiving treatment in neighboring Turkey.

He is bed-bound with little prospect of being able to walk again.

The boy says the international community has done nothing to deal with the use of this merciless and inhumane weapon.

Source: NHK