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Syrian Observatory says war has killed more than half a million
British-based war monitor, which tracks death tolls using a network of contacts inside Syria, says it has identified more than 350,000 of the 511,000 people who have been killed in seven years of war; civilian death toll reaches 106,390, including 19,811 children and 12,513 women.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based war monitor, said on Monday about 511,000 people had been killed in the Syrian war since it began seven years ago.

 

 

The Britain-based monitoring group, which relies on an extensive network of sources on the ground across Syria, said 353,935 people have been killed since March 15, 2011.

 

Syrian army in eastern Ghouta (Video: Reuters)    (רויטרס)

Syrian army in eastern Ghouta (Video: Reuters)

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The Observatory, which tracks death tolls using a network of contacts inside Syria, said it had identified more than 350,000 of those killed, and the remainder were cases where it knew deaths had occurred but did not know the victims' names.

 

The conflict began after mass protests on March 15 2011, dragging in regional and global powers and forcing millions of people - more than half the pre-war population—to flee their homes.

 

Eastern Ghouta under fire (Photo: AFP)
Eastern Ghouta under fire (Photo: AFP)

 

About 85 percent of the dead were civilians killed by the forces of the Syrian government and its allies, the Observatory said. The Syrian military, joined by its ally Russia since 2015, has used air power extensively.

 

As the war approaches its eighth year, intense fighting continues in several areas, including eastern Ghouta near the capital Damascus and Afrin near the Turkish border.

 

A wounded Syrian child in eastern Ghouta (Photo: EPA)
A wounded Syrian child in eastern Ghouta (Photo: EPA)

 

Here is a breakdown of the deaths, according to the Observatory:

 

  • 106,390 civilians, including 19,811 children and 12,513 women

 

  • 63,820 regime soldiers

 

  • 58,130 regime-allied and militia fighters (including 1,630 from Lebanon's Hezbollah and 7,686 from other foreign Shiite groups)

 

  • 63,360 hardline Islamists and jihadists (including from the Islamic State group and a former Al-Qaeda affiliate)

 

  • 62,039 fighters from other forces, including non-jihadist rebels, Kurdish forces and defected government soldiers

 

  • 196 identity unknown but death documented

 

Reuters and AFP contributed to this report.

 


First published: 03.12.18, 15:36
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