Article brought to you by: Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Latest death toll in Syrian civil war: More than 140,000

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
February 17th, 2014
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

One of the most poisonous fruits reaped from the purported "Arab spring" of three years ago has been the ongoing devastation wreaked by Syria's civil war. The latest death toll from the conflict - between the governmental forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and rebels - has now been set at more than 140,000.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the period since the "Geneva 2" peace talks for Syria, which began last month had been the bloodiest of the nearly three-year conflict.

Based in Britain, the Observatory has a network of activists across the country. Among the dead were 7,626 children and 5,064 women.

Carry this wonderful reminder of Pope Francis with you always!

What originally began as peaceful street protests quickly transformed into an armed insurgency after a fierce security force crackdown.

The United Nations had reported last month that it would stop updating its death count in Syria as dangerous conditions on the ground made estimates impossible to update with accuracy.

The fate of tens of thousands more Syrians remain unknown. The Observatory said all reported cases included in its count were those it could document with either names and identification documents, or pictures and videos.

More than 30,000 rebels have been killed and over 50,000 from pro-Assad forces have also been slain, according to the Observatory. The true toll on both sides was likely much higher - by perhaps more than 60,000, according to the group's chief, Rami Abdelrahman said.

Groups on both sides try to hide their casualties, he said, making fighter death tolls very difficult to gauge.

"The Observatory would like to point out that these statistics do not include the fate of more than 180,000 people missing inside the regime's prisons," it said in a statement.

"Nor does it include more than 7,000 detained by regime forces and armed groups loyal to it, or the hundreds of people kidnapped (by rebel groups) because they are believed to be regime loyalists."

The Observatory has called for a ceasefire for the Geneva peace talks, now planned to go into a third round.

"It is shameful that the international community has done nothing to show that it will defend human rights," Abdelrahman says. "They are just looking on at this tragedy. The Syrian people dying are just statistics to them."

Pope Francis calls for your 'prayer and action'...

Article brought to you by: Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)