Bloody Saturday: 440 dead in Syria

Published August 26th, 2012 - 06:15 GMT
Syria
Syria

Approximately 440 people were killed Saturday in violence in Syria, "at least 300" of them in the town of Daraya, near Damascus, announced Sunday morning the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

Of the 300 victims in Daraya, some 80 have been identified, said the SOHR in a statement.

The death toll of the SOHR is impossible to confirm given the restrictions imposed on the press by Damascus.

In the night from Saturday to Sunday, the SOHR had reported the discovery "of dozens of unidentified body of citizens" in Daraya in the Damascus area.

Fierce fighting between rebels and soldiers reported Saturday in Aleppo, Syria's second city.

Since the beginning of the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011, violence has left 25,000 dead, according to the SOHR and forced more than 200,000 Syrians to flee to neighboring countries, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).


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