Over 33 000 dead in Syria conflict: NGO

2012-10-13 14:37

Beirut - Violence in Syria has killed at least 33 082 people, most of them civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said on Saturday.

About 1 000 people have been killed in the past five days alone, the Britain-based watchdog said.

"This is all-out war - there is no other way to describe the violence in Syria," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

At least 23 630 civilians have been killed, along with 8 211 soldiers and 1 241 army defectors who joined the insurgency against President Bashar al-Assad.

The Observatory's civilian toll also includes non-military defectors who took up arms against the regime.

"If the conflict ends and a full assessment is carried out on the ground, the toll may well turn out to be higher," Abdel Rahman said.

His group's tallies do not count the many unidentified victims of the bloody conflict, nor do they include thousands of people missing and thought to be in detention.

They also exclude thousands of pro-regime militiamen, Abdel Rahman said.

The Observatory relies on a network of activists, lawyers and medics on the ground inside Syria for its information.

Syria's revolt began in March last year as pro-reform protests but morphed into an armed insurgency when demonstrations were brutally crushed.

Most rebels, like the population, are Sunni Muslims in a country dominated by a minority regime of Alawites, an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam.

  • charmaine.hoffmann.1 - 2012-10-13 15:01

    Pity so many innocents have to die due to other's stupidity or believes. In the end nobody wins anyway as there is nothing left to claim anyway once a war is over.

  • christopher.shining - 2012-10-13 15:03

    A bullet in your head President Bashar al-Assad. Take this child killer out! America get in your thing.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-14 09:12

      Why appeal to America? They have no more say about what should happen to Syria as San Marino.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-14 23:57

      Fidel, God forbid your family and friends are detained, tortured, raped and killed by an unelected dictator and his brother, in control of the state and military. What would you want? Help of course, notwithstanding what your arrogant Ego might say now.

  • charmaine.hoffmann.1 - 2012-10-13 15:09

    Heartbreaking photo...what a horrific tragedy for this poor father, one of many I assume. Is there anything worse on this planet than the human race I wonder.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 16:51


      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 16:53

      You really shouldn't hate yourself like that, Charms. Some humans are doing terrible things. Most aren't. Moreover, human love and caring is astounding in its power and ferocity.

      charmaine.hoffmann.1 - 2012-10-14 13:21

      Not at all Fred...there are exceptions and I am one of them. Are you?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-14 23:58

      Most of the time :)

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-10-13 15:25

    Poor father his son died because, of a religion that is dying a slow death and taking many innocent lives with it, the only way is to let them fight it out, I wouldn't send in my troops to die for this insanity.

  • neilpretorius83 - 2012-10-13 15:41

    All this because al-Assad refuses to bow to the will of the people. Like Gaddafi and Saddam, his puniahment will come one day, meted out swiftly and mercilessly.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 16:54

      Punishment is really not the answer. It's part of the problem. God is love, pure love, and forgiveness.

  • trevor.uys.1 - 2012-10-13 17:05

    That's how many South Africans are murdered and die in road accidents in a year .

  • tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-13 18:15

    So, all rebels are counted as civilian deaths. This "observatory" is one guy sitting on a pc in England. from Wikipedia: "The UK based SOHR is run out of a two-bedroom terraced home in Coventry, UK, by Rami Abdulrahman (or Rami Abdul Rahman, or Rami Abdelrahman), a Syrian Sunni Muslim who also runs a clothes shop. After three spells in prison in Syria, Abdulrahman came to Britain in 2000 fearing a longer, fourth jail term" - So we have someone that obviously has a completely bias view of the conflict letting the world know the casualties. Interesting. I guess that's why he lumped everyone fighting the regime as "civilians" when we know that's not true.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-13 18:36

      Tom, 746554893664393528 The assad terrorists regime, has gone all out, to discredit the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. You certainly fell for this propaganda, even that childish bit about a 'clothing store' !!!!! But , even if only 2 % of what they report is true, your assad hero, is still one of the worst MONSTERS, ever to walk the face of this earth> Latest News; Another assad terrorist aircraft shot down by the FSA. GREAT !!!!

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-13 19:24

      Its a quote from Wikipedia you clueless chop.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 22:15

      Tom, you're still being a heartless fool. Syrians by the tens of thousands are being detained, tortured, raped and killed by the unelected dictator of that country and his brother. You're splitting hairs about who the dead are. A terrible lack of conscience and caring, to the point of being sociopathic.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-14 09:22

      @Tom Media role in Syria is shameful. A massive psy-ops involving all major News outlets.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-14 09:44

      Fidel, ""Media role in Syria is shameful"" You are spot on !! It is utterly disgusting, that ONE FAMILY, controls the media in Syria. That ONE FAMILY has banned foreign reporters and camara mem, except off course the ones sympathethic to these assad terrorists. THAT is what the opposition, 90 % plus of Syria's population, is fighting for !!!

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-14 10:14

      fartanthonyfromromantica.....90%..?????????????????????????????????? aren't you the well informed one>>HA HA HA HA HA HA!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-14 11:39

      The ONLY support a dictator has, is from the ones dependent on him, at least that what these thugs think !! Army personell and government employees !! But as soon as they believe, that their jobs will be secure, without this assad terrorist, their support for this illegitimate regime will end !! It has happened with every change, from a dictatorship to any kind of system of accountability!! An, please tell your 6 year old son, to take his finger, from the 'question mark' button !!! Ps, Actually believe the opposion groups will have ""95 %"" support of the Syrian population !!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-15 00:01

      Fidel, the same "psy-ops" that led you to believe Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom? Geez do you see a distorted and strange world.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-15 00:03

      Dunkie, do you call being well- informed believing Al-Quaida is a US fabrication to destabilize the stable Middle East? Your words a few days ago. How much more are you wrong about?

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-13 19:37

    "Most rebels, like the population, are Sunni Muslims in a country dominated by a minority regime of Alawites, an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam" Thank you so much for this quotation, News.24, you are burning your own pants.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 22:17

      What are you talking about now Diana? The statement is fact. The unelected Assad family are part of the Alawite sect of Shi'Ite Muslims. They make up approximately 2 million of Syria's 20 million population.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-13 22:25

      Reminds me of Palestinians after a cowardly Israeli air raid..if to be true!!!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 23:24

      It's not surprising that you're wrong about Israel and the Palestinians too. Israel was created in 1948 from 52% of the land formerly occupied by the Jewish and Palestinian people, and Palestine 43%. Most of the Israeli territory was the Negev Desert. Jerusalem fell into neither territory. Palestinians with their unelected, self-serving neighbors declared war on Israel the very next day. In the 1960's they even invaded Israel twice. Full military invasions. The result: Israel survived and pushed them back, gaining territory in the process. This is the origin of what you wrongly call "stealing land". There have been almost daily attacks by Palestinians, incited by their self-serving unelected backers. Palestinians even teach their children at Kindergarten to attack Israel, rather than be peaceful. Children in Kindergarten. Think about that. From day one, and even today it's wage war on Israel. Israel defends herself. Yes sometimes going too far, which is unacceptable, but self-defense nonetheless. All that needs to happen is for Palestinians to choose peace side by side with Israel. This is more likely going forward now because the unelected dictators are being removed from power by their people, one by one. They will no longer use the Palestinians for their own internal political ploys.

  • shane.loxton - 2012-10-14 00:25

    ‘Egypt heading towards Sharia enforcement’ As Egypt’s liberal and secular activists erupted with anger accusing the Muslim Brotherhood of trying to take over the country, former US Senate foreign policy analyst James Jatras tells RT that Egypt is on its way to becoming a caliphate.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-14 00:57


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      magnus.j.vanvuuren - 2012-10-14 12:24

      Dunkie would you like yo inform us then

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