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Syria conflict death toll climbs

2012-10-24 15:01

Beirut - More than 35 000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since the outbreak of Syria's anti-regime revolt in March 2011, a watchdog group said on Wednesday.

Civilians, at 24 964, represented the vast majority of those killed, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which counts as civilians non-military fighters who have taken up arms against President Bashar Assad.

It said the balance consisted of 8 767 soldiers and 1 276 military defectors.

"In addition, we have documented the deaths of 422 other people whose identities we were unable to verify," said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.

In addition to excluding unidentified victims, the Observatory does not include thousands of people who are missing. Some are thought to be in detention and others dead.

It also excludes thousands of pro-regime militiamen.

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

The uprising began as pro-reform protests but morphed into an armed insurgency after the government began brutally crushing demonstrations.

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

Comments
  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-24 16:45

    Lord, have mercy.

  • boom.baracus - 2012-10-24 17:38

    It is estimated that about 7,000 palestinian civilians have died in the conflict between palestinian territories and Israel since 1948 (64 years!). 25,000 civilians are killed in syria in 2 years and the world, including and especially south africa, screams hysterically about Israel and does nothing in syria. Nothing. Pathetic and hypocritical.

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-24 18:27

      Yes lets compare the two because they are so similar! Right?

  • pierre.malan.311 - 2012-10-24 17:54

    About the same amount as killed here in SA every year.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-24 19:23

    "Civilians, at 24 964, represented the vast majority of those killed, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which counts as civilians non-military fighters who have taken up arms against President Bashar Assad." Meaning of the word "civilian" : A civilian under international humanitarian law (also known as the laws of war) is a person who is not a member of his or her country's armed forces or other militia. Civilians are distinct from combatants. If they have arms they are no longer civilians and should be targeted. A human rights observer writing his indictment against one side in the trenches of the other side, counting every shot fired by the other side as a crime and considering everyone on his side "innocent civilian victims." This is judicial high comedy!

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-24 19:27

      How they get away with it is mind boggling. You could not find more in your face propaganda if you tried.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-24 19:54

      It explains why this human rights observatory is known to never publish the number of terrorists casualties. It's always been civilians and Syrian soldiers, and I've asked this many times. And some idiots on these threads want us to believe every word uttered by these propagandists! "If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the public understand that difference, and choose their news sources accordingly." -Thomas Sowell

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