Nearly 12 000 killed in Syria revolt: NGO

2012-05-08 18:36
Beirut - Nearly 12 000 people, the majority of them civilians, have been killed in Syria since the outbreak in March 2011 of a revolt against the regime of Bashar al-Assad, a watchdog said on Tuesday.

Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said that of those killed, about 800 had died since a UN-backed ceasefire went into effect on 12 April.

"A total 8 515 civilians have died since the outbreak of the revolt along with 3 410 soldiers, including some 720 army defectors," Abdel Rahman said.

He added that since the truce went into effect, 589 civilians had died along with 213 soldiers and 29 defectors.

The Britain-based Observatory said six civilians were killed by regime forces on Tuesday, three of them in northwestern Idlib province.

The province, which borders Turkey, is a stronghold of the Free Syrian Army and a hotbed of opposition to Assad's regime.

Violence across the country has persisted despite the presence of UN observers monitoring the truce and parliamentary elections held on Monday.

The vote was boycotted by the opposition which described it as a sham.

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