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Syrian casualties now TOO MANY to count - More than 200,000 people killed in Syrian civil war in less than four years

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By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online
12/3/2014 (4 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

Officials fear that the death toll is in fact much higher

Syria's civil war has killed more than 200,000 people in less than four years - and that figure in fact actually may be far higher. That's the grim findings of a monitoring group, who notes that the majority of those killed were fighters from the two sides.

A man holds a baby saved from under rubble, who survived what activists say was an air strike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in Masaken Hanano in Aleppo, this past February 14, 2014.

A man holds a baby saved from under rubble, who survived what activists say was an air strike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in Masaken Hanano in Aleppo, this past February 14, 2014.

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By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
12/3/2014 (4 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Syriua, death toll, civil war


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "We have documented the killing of 202,354 people since March 2011," Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman said. Of that figure, more than 130,000 of them were combatants.

"Of the total, 63,074 of the killed were civilians, including 10,377 children," Rahman noted.

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"We have documented the killing of 202,354 people since March 2011," Syrian Observatory for Human Ri

"We have documented the killing of 202,354 people since March 2011," Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman says.


"Among the anti-regime fighters, 37,324 were Syrian rebels, while 22,624 were non-Syrian jihadists," he added.

"On the regime side, there were 44,237 soldiers, 28,974 members of the (paramilitary) National Defense Force, 624 members of (Lebanon's Shiite) Hezbollah, and 2,388 pro-regime Shiite fighters from beyond Syria and Lebanon," Rahman says, noting that another 3,011 were unidentified.

Rahman says the toll "is probably much higher than 200,000, but certain areas under regime and (jihadist) Islamic State group control are impossible to work in freely."

He also said some 300,000 people are being held in Syria's prisons, including 20,000 who have gone missing entirely.

Both combatants and civilians of an untold amount have also been taken hostage by Islamic State and other factions active in Syria.

Abdel Rahman blamed the international failure to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court for the constant bloodletting.

"By failing to take the killers to court, the international community gives them the implicit go-ahead to keep on killing," he says. While there have been several attempts to refer Syria to the ICC, Russian and Chinese vetoes at the Security Council have blocked them.

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