Activists: More than 115,000 dead in Syria conflict

Published October 1st, 2013 - 01:33 GMT
Bodies of Syrians killed in the chemical attack in Damascus on August 21 lie in a makeshift morgue. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 115,000 people have died in the war so far. (AFP/File)
Bodies of Syrians killed in the chemical attack in Damascus on August 21 lie in a makeshift morgue. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 115,000 people have died in the war so far. (AFP/File)

More than 115,000 people have been killed during Syria's now two-and-a-half-year-old conflict, including tens of thousands of soldiers, rebels and civilians, aaaaaathe Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday.

The Observatory's figure implied that some 5,000 had died in September alone, and that the death toll had not been impacted by the recently developed international deal regarding the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons after an August chemical weapons attack in Damascus, Reuters reported.

The Observatory, a British-based group that gathers evidence from Syria through a network of activists, lawyers, medical and military sources in the conflict-ridden country, reported that some 47,000 soldiers and militia-fighters loyal to President Bashar Assad had been killed in the war, which broke out in 2011.

23,000 rebel fighters, including a number of Syrian army defectors, were included in the figure, Reuters said.

According to the Observatory's statistics, more than  41,000 civilians, including 6,000 children and 4,000 women, have been killed in the violence. The toll includes 3,000 unidentified people, according to the Observatory which says it documents deaths by obtaining film and photographs of bodies and seeking to confirm identities through family, medics and activists, Reuters reported.


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