More than 110,000 dead in Syrian conflict - watchdog
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 110,000 have died in Syria since 2011. Here, the bodies of citizens (many of them young children) killed in an apparent chemical weapons attack are lined up in eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus on August 21, 2013. (AFP)
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More than 110,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict since its onset in March 2011, a human rights watchdog reported on Sunday, a week after over a thousand people were killed in a shocking chemical weapons attack on the Damascus suburbs.
The Britian-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the death toll for the now 29-month old conflict stands at 110,371 people, according to AFP.
Out of this total, at least were 40,146 civilians, including nearly 4,000 women and more than 5,800 children, AFP reported.
The Observatory, which relies on a network of activists, doctors and lawyers on the ground in Syria, said 21,850 rebel fighters had been killed.
The watchdog reported the deaths of at least 27,654 army soldiers, 17,824 pro-regime militia and 171 members of the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah, which has sent fighters to battle alongside the Syrian army.
The group counted another 2,726 unidentified people killed in the fighting throughout the war-torn country up until August 31, according to AFP.
The Observatory's statistics are a testament to the brutal violence in Syria. The conflict began in 2011 as peaceful protests calling for democratic change under President Bashar Assad.