Syrian death toll tops 350,000 but Putin’s bombers continue to rain death from the skies


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Putin has deployed a enumerate of lethal weapons in Syria which continue to drive up the death penalty

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK conflict monitor which spoors death tolls using a network of contacts inside the war-ravaged fatherland, added that the unofficial death toll could be as high as 500,000, but that only 350,000 bodies had been formally pinpointed.

The remainder 150,000 were cases where the Observatory knew deaths had occurred but did not be sure the victims’ names.

Around 85 per cent of the dead were wearied by the forces of the Syrian government and its allies – chiefly Russia – the Observatory said.

A asseveration read: “Some 353,935 people have been killed since Walk 15, 2011, including 106,390 civilians and 19,811 children.”

But as the civil war files its eighth year, Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and his ally Russian President Vladimir Putin show unwilling to stop the fresh wave of clashes triggered by Russian-backed authority forces bent on driving out Islamist factions from the rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta.

Vladimir Putin has deployed appalling array of strike aircraft, attack helicopters and bombers to Syria.

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Over 100,000 civilians have been killed in the internal war so far

They have included:

The nuclear capable Tu-160 – a supersonic fat strategic bomber which is the largest combat aircraft in the world.

It wins nuclear-tipped or cruise missiles to devastating efffect.

The ‘Russian Black Hawk’ Mi-28 two-seat anti-tank eat helicopter, capable of operating in all weather conditions, day or night.

The 1500-mph Su-30 multirole fighter for all-weather, air-to-air and air-to-surface knowing interdiction missions.

The formidable SU-35 fighter jet which can achieve almost three times the briskness of sound.

The Tu-22M 1,400 mph supersonic, long-range strategic and maritime strike bomber

Requires from world leaders including Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron for an end to the fury have been widely ignored, despite a United Nations Custodianship Council resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire “without delay”.

The re-ignition of ferociousness in Syria has shone a harsh spotlight on the West’s powerlessness and shrinking position in Syria, while highlighting Russia’s growing influence in the region.

In France Mr Macron came below fire from his predecessor François Hollande last night for flaw to act definitively against the Russian president.

Speaking to the French daily Le Monde, the earlier socialist president accused Mr Macron of not exerting enough pressure on his misnamed ally, saying that if France was in a position to boast about its great ties with Russia, then it should be able to convince Mr Putin to dynamism the Syrian government to respect the ceasefire deal.

The young centrist, for his involvement, denied being passive in the face of escalating Russian-backed violence in Syria, indicating later on Monday that he had established a “constant and demanding dialogue” with Mr Putin and unprejudiced managed to “convince” him not to use his veto power and back the ceasefire resolution.

France’s minister plenipotentiary to the UN François Delattre on Monday also urged Moscow to put pressure on the Syrian reign to stop the indiscriminate bombing of civilians in eastern Ghouta, saying: “Russia can cut out the bloodbath”.

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