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.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-08 19:12

    You must be very proud Mr Putin, to lead a government, who has given this terrorist assad, the amunition, the tanks, the rockets,the experts, and advisers , to have made this possible !!! You are nothing but RUBBISH !!!

      Hans Heydra - 2012-05-08 19:41

      Dig deeper I'm sure you will find armscor or denel on that list too... Dig even deeper and I'm sure you well see the powers that be have authorized the sale.

      Morné - 2012-05-09 08:37

      Well said Hans. Strange that the lovers of freedom always make sure they first sell weapons, and only then do the buyers become tyrants and despots in our eyes. What I find more strange is that the Syrian rebel/opposition movement is getting armed by the Saudis. That's just perfect. The freedom-loving, peace mongering Saudis, sending these guys guns, bullets and rockets for free. If you're in doubt about Saudi, please feel free to do a little research about their track record of humanitarian acts, the uprising in Bahrain springs to mind.

  • George - 2012-05-08 19:19

    Why the fuss, this is MUCH less than SA's annual murder rate. And we manage to do it without tanks, rockets, and Mr. Putin. Just some help from our cANCerous friends.

  • Staal - 2012-05-08 19:22

    It is interesting that we have heard no public outcry from Ronnie Kasrils and his like minded Israel bashers about this total crime against humanity. Or do they favour wholesale murder of civilians as long as it is an Arab state committing it.

  • Mark Milligan - 2012-05-08 19:38

    That's still a lot

  • eric.klopper - 2012-05-10 10:30

    An more than 40 000(almost every one a civilian) is murdered in Peaceful SA every year.

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