Syrian death toll hits 34,000

Published October 18th, 2012 - 04:45 GMT

Violence across Syria killed at least 34,000 people, mostly civilians, since the beginning of the uprising against the regime in mid-March 2011, reported today the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR).

Sign of intensifying violence, about 1,000 people have died in the last five days, said the London-based organization that relies on a wide network of activists, lawyers and doctors on the ground. "At least 24,270 civilians (armed and unarmed), 8510 deserters and 1261 soldiers were killed in the violence in Syria" between mid-March 2011 and 18 October 2012, said the president of the SOHR Rami Abdel Rahman. The bloodiest day since the beginning of the conflict dates back to September 26, with 306 deaths recorded.

One week before Eid al-Adha, a major Muslim holiday, the forces of the regime of Bashar al-Assad intensified their strikes against rebel strongholds in the north to prevent insurgents to expand their control.

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