Syrian Observatory for Human Rights toll reports more than 180,000 deaths since 2011
In a new toll published Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the Syrian conflict has caused more than 180,000 deaths since March 2011, AFP reports.
Using data collected from various sources on the ground in Syria, the British group reported the toll and broke down deaths into soldiers, militiamen, civilians and foreign fighters.
Of a recorded180,215 deaths, 58,805 were civilians — including 9.428 children and 6,036 women — 49,699 were resistence fighters and 66,365 pre-regime militiammen and government forces. The number also includes 2,931 people who's identities could not be verified upon the group's recording of their death. Finally, the Syrian Observatory recorded 560 Hezbollah fighter deaths, who are non-Syrians fighting with the regime, as well as 1,854 other pro-regime foreign fighters.
As regime-led civilian shelling continues throughout the country, Islamic extremist militants from ISIS have taken large swaths of territory in centeral-northern Syria; forcing more civilians to flee their homes.
Entering its fourth year, the conflict has displaced nearly half of Syria's population into neighboring coountries. An estimated 6.5 million people are displaced inside Syrian borders, while another 2.5 million have fled to Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt and Iraq.