Syria death toll increases to 170,000
Many Syrians were killed in a chemical attack last August (File Archive/AFP)
At least 170,000 people have been killed in Syria's three-year civil war according to a new death toll released by an activist group Thursday, according to Agence France Presse.
"Ever since the first casualty of the Syrian revolution was registered on March 18, 2011 in Daraa province, the deaths of 171,509 people have been documented," reported the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
At least one-third of the toll represents civilian death, with 9,092 of them reportedly children.
Another 65,803 of the dead are allegedly regime troops and another 46,301 represent opposition fighters who have been killed in the conflict. The rebel toll includes at least 15,422 non-Syrians who fought in the war.
In the regime total, at least 24,655 of the dead were from pro-regime militas and 509 fighters were from Hezbollah. Another 1,603 are non-Syrians fighting for the regime.
A remaining 2,910 of the dead cannot be identified.
The Observatory's toll is based on information retrieved from activists, doctors and lawyers based in Syria who have documented casualties from the fighting since the start of the war in 2011. However, the Observatory also acknowledged that the death toll is likely to underestimate those killed in the conflict since "both sides in the war try to conceal their actual losses," according to the AFP report.
At least half of Syria's population has been forced to flee from their homes due to the war, and at least 27,000 others are being held in detention or are unaccounted for, added the Observatory.