More than 220 000 dead in Syria conflict - monitor

2015-04-16 16:08
(File)

(File) (Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Beirut - The conflict in Syria has left more than 220 000 dead since it began four years ago with an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, a key monitoring group said on Thursday.

"We have counted 222 271 deaths since the start of the revolt in March 2011," the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdel Rahman, told AFP.

Based in Britain, the Observatory uses a broad network of sources on the ground in Syria to gather information about the conflict.

Abdel Rahman said more than 67 000 of the dead were civilians, including more than 11 000 children.

Among dead combatants, nearly 47 000 were from pro-regime forces, including more than 3 000 foreign fighters. Nearly 700 were fighters with Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement, a key backer of Assad.

Anti-regime fighters

Nearly 40 000 anti-regime fighters and about 28 000 foreign jihadists have been killed in the conflict, the Observatory said.

Foreign jihadists have flocked to join the conflict in Syria, fighting for the Islamic State group or other groups such as the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front.

The toll does not include some 20 000 people listed as missing.

The Observatory says the full death toll is likely to be much higher than the deaths it has been able to count.

Read more on:    al-qaeda  |  isis  |  bashar al-assad  |  syria

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
-8 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.