A Human rights group, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights puts the figure of dead during the ongoing Syrian civil war at above 150,000.! The figure includes civilians, rebels and members of Syrian military.
Death toll in the Syrian conflict has exceeded 150 ,000 , according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights, which has documented violence on the ground since peaceful protests first broke out on March 2011 before quickly
evolving into a raging war.
The activist group said on Tuesday it had documented 150,344 deaths in the conflict that started with peaceful protesters demanding the ousting of President Bashar Assad’ s government. The Observatory, which compiles data from a network of informants in Syria, said the figure included civilians, rebels, and members of the Syrian military. It also entails armed men fighting alongside Assad forces and foreign fighters battling for his dismantling, on the rebels’ side.
Among those tallied by the independent group is 7 ,985 children who were killed in the crossfire between armed rebels and army, in violence that has involved alleged chemical weapons and barrel bombs used
by Assad’ s forces.
The SOHR said that the real toll was likely to be higher at around 220,000 deaths.!!
In January, the UN said it had stopped updating its own tally of the Syrian dead because it could no longer verify the sources of information that led to its last
count of at least 100,000 in late July.
Syria’ s three- year conflict has left at least half a million more people have been wounded, according to the International
Committee of the Red Cross . The
Observatory says 17,000 people are missing and “tens of thousands” are held in regime prisons.
As cities of the war-torn country face daily raids by Assad’ s forces and retaliatory attacks by armed rebels, millions of Syrians have fled their homes and sought asylum in Turkey , Lebanon , Jordan, Iraq and Egypt .
According to the UN, Syrians are now identified as the world’ s largest refugee population, with the UN High Commissioner
saying 2.6 million Syrians have registered as refugees in neighbouring countries.
UN figures show that about a million of Syrian asylum seekers are in Lebanon, 588,979 are in Jordan, 667,496 in Turkey,
221,791 in Iraq and 135,000 are based in Egypt.
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