Monitor: Syria death toll now more than 200 000

2014-12-02 20:19
Thick smoke from an airstrike rises in Kobani, Syria, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border. (Levend Ali, AP)

Thick smoke from an airstrike rises in Kobani, Syria, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border. (Levend Ali, AP)

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

Beirut - Syria's civil war has killed more than 200 000 people in less than four years, a monitoring group told AFP on Tuesday, adding that most were fighters from the two sides.

"We have documented the killing of 202 354 people since March 2011," Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman said, adding that more than 130 000 of them were combatants.

"Of the total, 63 074 of the killed were civilians, including 10 377 children," said Abdel Rahman.

"Among the anti-regime fighters, 37 324 were Syrian rebels, while 22 624 were non-Syrian jihadists," he added.

"On the regime side, there were 44 237 soldiers, 28 974 members of the National Defence Force, 624 members of [Lebanon's Shi'ite] Hezbollah, and 2 388 pro-regime Shi'ite fighters from beyond Syria and Lebanon," Abdel Rahman said.

Another 3 011 were unidentified, he added.

Toll ‘probably’ even higher

Abdel Rahman said the toll "is probably much higher than 200 000, but certain areas under regime and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [ISIS] group control are impossible to work in freely".

He also said some 300 000 people are being held in Syria's infamous jails, including 20 000 who have gone missing entirely.

Thousands of other people - combatants and civilians - have also been taken hostage by ISIS and other factions active in Syria.

International community blamed

Abdel Rahman blamed the international failure to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court for the constant bloodletting.

"By failing to take the killers to court, the international community gives them the implicit go-ahead to keep on killing," he told AFP.

There have been several attempts to refer Syria to the ICC, but Russian and Chinese vetoes at the Security Council have blocked them.

Read more on:    isis  |  syria  |  syria conflict

Join the conversation! 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.
NEXT ON NEWS24X 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

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


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 network.


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.