Activists: Syrian death toll now over 162,000
Syrians pray over the bodies of the deceased in the Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus earlier this year (File Archive/AFP)
Over 162,000 people have been killed in Syria since March 2011 according to new figures released Monday, reported Agence France Presse.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published the new toll Monday based on documented deaths reported by the Observatory's sources on the ground.
According to the figures, 162,402 deaths have been reported to the Observatory. At least 53,978 of the deceased are civilians, including 8,607 children.
At least 42,701 of the deceased were members of the opposition, including 13,500 fighters from the Al Qaeda-linked Al Nusra Front and its rival Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
At least 61,170 of the reported deaths were pro-regime fighters from both Syria's official military (37,685) as well as pro-Assad militias (23,485). An additional 438 pro-Assad Hezbollah members were also including in the death toll, as well as 1,224 pro-regime, non-Syrian fighters.
Another 2,891 deaths were documented in the new death toll, but the Observatory was not able to record the identities of this group of the deceased.
Previous estimate of the death toll issued by the Observatory at the beginning of April was nearly 150,000 people.
The last toll from the Observatory, issued at the beginning of April, stood at just over 150,000 people.
The United Nations stopped tracking Syria's death toll earlier this year due to difficulties in accessing accurate documentation about the on-the-ground situation in Syria.