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More than 42 000 dead in Syria

2012-12-06 22:12

Beirut - At least 42 000 people have been killed in violence since an uprising broke out against the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in March last year, a monitoring group said on Thursday.

"At least 29 455 civilians have been killed, as have 1 426 troops who defected to the opposition and 10 551 soldiers," Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

"An additional 652 people whose identity we have been unable to identify have been killed in the conflict," Abdel Rahman said. "A total of 42 084 people have died in the past 21 months."

The conflict started as a peaceful protest movement but escalated into an armed rebellion when the authorities used deadly force against demonstrators.

The Observatory counts non-army combatants who have taken up arms against the regime as civilians.

"When the crisis comes to an end, it is likely that we will find many more have been killed, because many thousands are missing in Syria's jails," Abdel Rahman said.

In addition, neither the army nor the rebels are willing to reveal their full casualty lists, he said. "That is part of their propaganda war."

Comments
  • fall.like.leaves - 2012-12-06 22:37

    Where is the outrage?

      shane.loxton - 2012-12-09 08:03

      Over 50 000 murders a year in your country every year where's your outrage? And this is not including the rapes

  • Gorden Norman - 2012-12-06 23:09

    There is no condemnation from the usual suspects. As hard as they may try to blame everyone else there is no beating the plain and simple fact that this fighting is because a dictator will not give up hold on at any cost.

      shane.loxton - 2012-12-09 08:11

      Who do you condem? The goverment who bomb a build with rebels inside who use the building knowing that there are still civilians in the building or the rebels that mortor a school. Death is death no matter which side it is on and both sides are doing it.

  • avremel.niselow - 2012-12-07 08:33

    Disgusting! How many people have been killed in order to keep the Assad dynasty in power over the years?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-12-08 06:28

      . WHY would any country of the West wanted to change the status quo of countries in N Africa and the ME???? Their dictators were sleeping with the leaders of the West, and Europe and the US, were the playground of their families, where they could spend the millions they looted from 'their' people!! The loonies of the violent left, don't have it in them, to acknowledge that it were the populations of these countries, who had enough of these family dynasties, so they rather make up their own untruths , crap and BS !!

      shane.loxton - 2012-12-09 08:13

      On December 15, 2006, the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) was authorized. On February 6, 2007, it was announced. On October 1, 2007, it was established, and on October 1, 2008, it became operational. It's based in Stuttgart, Germany, not Africa. It's responsible for warmaking and military relations throughout the continent. It's comprised of 53 countries. Many potential targets are represented. Washington wants the entire continent colonized and controlled. It's resource rich. It has large amounts of oil, gas, water, gold, silver, diamonds, iron, cobalt, uranium, copper, bauxite, manganese, other valued minerals, and rich agricultural land. In early July 2009, Obama visited sub-Saharan Africa. He signaled his intentions. In Accra, Ghana, he said: We have a responsibility to support those who act responsibly and to isolate those who don't, and that is exactly what America will do. He said Ghana and other African governments must achieve "good governance." His message was clear. Open the continent to Western investment and development. Privatize, privatize, privatize. Forget about providing healthcare, education, and other vital services. Give US and other Western corporate predators free reign. Play the game the way Washington demands or suffer the consequences. Ghana got the message. Why else would Obama show up. Libya didn't. Gaddafi paid with his life. The country became another NATO trophy. Africa’s most developed country became a charnel house.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-12-09 09:41

      Mr Shame Conspiracy, WHAT A LOAD OF UNBELIEVABLE SH.T !!! Even your buddies from the violent left, must believe you have fallen on your head !! Shame !!!

      Shane Loxton - 2012-12-09 13:53

      Toos do a bit of research and then we will see who fell on whos head you dumb prick, instead of shooting your mouth off and making yourself a fool check your FACTS. ask Botswana why they have the largest USAF base there in the Southern hemisphere, the clown in the circus at it again.

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