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More than 23 000 people killed in Syria

2012-08-14 21:48

Beirut - More than 23 000 people have been killed in violence in Syria since the outbreak of a revolt in March last year, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday.

"As of 13 August, 23 002 people were killed, including 16 142 civilians, 1 018 defectors and 5 842 soldiers," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said, adding that 2 409 people have been killed in the past 13 days alone.
The civilian toll includes those who have taken up arms against the regime.

The conflict became even bloodier after fierce fighting erupted in Damascus and Syria's second city of Aleppo in July.

"The total count does not include the shabiha [pro-government militiamen], thousands of detainees whose fate is unknown, or those who have been killed but whose identities have not been verified," Abdel Rahman added.

It is impossible to independently verify death counts out of Syria, and the UN has stopped keeping its own toll.

Comments
  • TSR01 - 2012-08-14 22:50

    So let a politically crazed madman (err.. president?) kill thousands of people because they do not want to suffer under the oppression of a madman? Where is the UN to weigh in on the matter? Where are the countries who would stand up to call for the madman dictator to step down? Innocent people should not have to die because a crazed lunatic clings to power! (hello Robert Mugabe)

      jaba.kov - 2012-08-15 08:30

      The Arab/Muslim world would rather see their brethren die than see Infidel UN forces coming to the aide of the civilian population.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-15 03:19

    . It is totaly insane, that the future of Syria, should depend on one family of terrorists. For FIFTY YEARS, they have run Syria with an iron fist, and for FIFTY YEARS, any demand by the oppostion for dialoque, has been answered with unspeakable brutality. As soon as these assad thugs are gone, dead or alive, the peace proces can start. Not one day before

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