Syria death toll exceeds 93,000 - UN report

Published June 13th, 2013 - 09:53 GMT
A Syrian refugee leans against a tent in the northern Jordanian Zaatari refugee camp. AFP
A Syrian refugee leans against a tent in the northern Jordanian Zaatari refugee camp. AFP

More than 93,000 people, including at least 6,500 children, have perished in Syria’s brutal civil war, a new study from the United Nations human rights office showed Thursday, reported AFP.

“Unfortunately, as the study indicates, this is most likely a minimum casualty figure. The true number of those killed is potentially much higher,” U.N. rights chief Navi Pillay said in a statement, as quoted by AFP.

According to the U. N. children are being used as sniper targets and human shields. U.N. leader Ban Ki-moon said the war in Syria is taking an “unacceptable and unbearable” toll on children.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, backed by thousands of Hezbollah fighters, have been battling Syrian rebel forces. They have gained much ground since the war kicked off two 26-months-ago.

The British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Sunday that it was “worrying and depressing” that the so-called Geneva talks were not taking place this month. The meeting in Switzerland was a U.S.-Russian backed initiative that looked at bringing Assad officials and the Syrian opposition to the dialogue table.

Fighting still continues as Activists say rebels gained control of a key military base in the central Hama province after intense clashes with regime forces, reported AFP.

According to AFP, the base is on the northern edge of the town of Morek, which straddles the country’s strategic north-south highway leading to the province of Aleppo.


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