Syria: Russian strikes have decreased in intensity since the start of the war in Ukraine (NGO)

Syria: Russian strikes have decreased in intensity since the start of the war in Ukraine (NGO)

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Russian army shelling in Syria has decreased in intensity since the start of Moscow's offensive in Ukraine, a Syrian NGO said Friday in a report marking the seventh anniversary of the military intervention of Russia alongside the Damascus regime. 

Since September 30, 2021, Russian strikes have killed 241 people, mostly fighters from the Islamic State jihadist group but also 28 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. (OSDH) in its report.

The heaviest toll of Russian strikes was recorded in 2015, the first year of Moscow's military intervention in Syria, with 9,364 dead, including 3,804 civilians (906 children, 561 women and 2,337 men), reported the NGO based in Britain but has a large network of sources in Syria.

In total, over the past seven years, Russian bombings in Syria have killed more than 21,000 people, including 8,697 civilians including 2,112 children, still according to the OSDH.

“Russia's military interventions in Syria have declined since the start of the war in Ukraine” launched on February 24, said the OSDH in his report: “The Russians are busy with what is happening in Ukraine, so the strikes in Syria have decreased in intensity considerably.”

Syria and Russia have been allies for decades, but the ties have been significantly strengthened in the wake of the Syrian conflict, with Moscow having intervened militarily alongside ed of Bashar al-Assad's regime from 2015.

Triggered by the repression of pro-democracy demonstrations, the war in Syria has claimed around 500,000 lives, devastated the country's infrastructure and displaced millions of people .