Syria war toll tops 170 000, one-third civilians

2014-07-10 20:23
<a href="http://www.shutterstock.com">Shutterstock</a>

Shutterstock

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

kalahari.com

  • Syria
    Options and Implications for Lebanon and the Region Now R196.00
    buy now

Beirut - The death toll in Syria's three-year war has eclipsed 170 000 people, one-third of them civilians, a monitoring group said in a new toll released on Thursday.

"Ever since the first casualty of the Syrian revolution was registered on 8 March 2011 in Daraa province, the deaths of 171 509 people have been documented," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Among the dead were 56 495 civilians, including 9 092 children, according to the toll, which included casualties documented up to 8 July this year.

Another 65 803 were regime troops and pro-regime militiamen, while 46 301 were rebels seeking President Bashar Assad's ouster and members of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group.

The rebel toll includes 15 422 non-Syrians who travelled to the war-torn country to join the ranks of jihadists or local Islamist opposition groups.

Among the ranks of loyalists killed were 39 036 regular troops, as well as 24 655 members of pro-regime militias, 509 fighters from Lebanon's Shi'ite Hezbollah, and 1 603 other non-Syrians fighting on Assad's side in the war.

Meanwhile, the deaths of 2 910 unidentified victims were also documented, according to the Observatory.

The Britain-based group, which relies on a broad network of activists, doctors and lawyers inside Syria to document casualties, said the actual number of killed among fighters on both sides was likely to be much higher.

It said documenting all the deaths was difficult "because both sides in the war try to conceal their actual losses".

Another 20 000 people detained by the regime were completely unaccounted for, said the Observatory, as were some 7 000 regime troops held by rebel fighters.

More than 2 000 other people are currently in the captivity of Islamic rebels and IS, accused of "collaborating" with the Assad regime.

Another 1 500 Islamic State, rebel and Kurdish fighters have been kidnapped in recent months during battles among each other.

The Syrian conflict has forced nearly half the country's population to flee their homes.

Read more on:    syria  |  syria conflict
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

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
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Climbing the world’s largest stone arch

For the first time ever, a rock climber conquered the biggest stone arch in the world.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Awesome extreme sports people
Watch: 2015 Absa Cape Epic route
4 exercise excuses and how to beat them
Watch: Insane road bike skills!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

One day only! – 40% off Appliances!

Get 40% off 100’s of appliances at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing prices – As seen on TV

Get mind blowing prices on 1000’s of products! Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a strong desire to be self sufficient, right and in control today. There is a tendency to hold on too tightly to your...read more

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.