More than 115,000 killed in Syrian conflict - monitoring group

BEIRUT Tue Oct 1, 2013 1:45pm BST

Free Syrian Army fighters prepare mortars ahead of an offensive against forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Aleppo district of Salaheddine September 30, 2013. REUTERS/Molhem Barakat

Free Syrian Army fighters prepare mortars ahead of an offensive against forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Aleppo district of Salaheddine September 30, 2013.

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - More than 115,000 people have been killed in Syria's two-and-a-half-year-old civil war, including tens of thousands of soldiers, rebels and civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday.

The figure suggested that around 5,000 people had died in September alone and that the bloodshed has not been slowed by an international deal for the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons after an August 21 sarin gas attack in the Damascus area.

The British-based Observatory, which monitors violence through a network of activists, medical and military sources around Syria, said about 47,000 soldiers and militia fighters loyal to President Bashar al-Assad had been killed.

Rebel fighters, including army defectors, accounted for around 23,000 of the dead, the Observatory said.

More than 41,000 civilians have been killed, including 6,000 children and 4,000 women. The toll includes 3,000 unidentified people, according to the Observatory which says it documents deaths by obtaining film and photographs of bodies and seeking to confirm identities through family, medics and activists.

(Reporting by Dominic Evans; Editing by Alistair Lyon)

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Comments (4)
Raymond.Vermont wrote:
So from the above figures…

easy extrapolations:

70,000 combatants have died.

Two-thirds of which, have expired as a result of fighting the rebels.(whom are predominantly foreign backed proxies)

41,000 non combatants have died.

Whom have died as a result of foreign backing of armed combatants, disloyal to their govt.

The Friends of Syria should be renamed The Friends of Carnage.

Oct 01, 2013 2:15pm BST  --  Report as abuse
JaquesTheLad wrote:
115,000 dead – just so a cruel and brutal dictator can selfishly cling to power.

And still his online apologists shamelessly back him, regardless of the destruction and death this tyrant has wrought on the poor Syrian people.

The pay must be very good in the Syrian Electronic Army is all I can say. It needs to be to compensate for the eternity in hell which comes with helping one of history’s monsters. You can’t expect to go to a good place in the after life by actively defending and justifying the actions of Assad; a large scale butcher of innocents.

Oct 01, 2013 3:02pm BST  --  Report as abuse
Raymond.Vermont wrote:
@JaquesTheLad

Read the article, the majority of the people whom have died are those supporting the govt by defending the Syrian state from the rebel insurgency, not the other way round.

The majority of the destruction has been financed by external actors, whom dont give a toss about Syrian civilians, with motivations purely surrounding exploitation of Syrian sovereign lands and its resources.

Oct 01, 2013 3:20pm BST  --  Report as abuse
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