Tuesday, March 13, 2018

After Seven Years The Syrian War Has Killed More Than Half A Million

A man at a site recently hit by what activists said was a Scud missile in Aleppo’s Ard al-Hamra neighborhood, February 23, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Reuters: Syrian Observatory says war has killed more than half a million

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based war monitor, said on Monday about 511,000 people had been killed in the Syrian war since it began seven years ago.

The Observatory, which tracks death tolls using a network of contacts inside Syria, said it had identified more than 350,000 of those killed, and the remainder were cases where it knew deaths had occurred but did not know the victims’ names.

The conflict began after mass protests on March 15 2011, dragging in regional and global powers and forcing millions of people - more than half the pre-war population - to flee their homes.

About 85 percent of the dead were civilians killed by the forces of the Syrian government and its allies, the Observatory said. The Syrian military, joined by its ally Russia since 2015, has used air power extensively.

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Update: 2017 was the deadliest year of Syrian war for children, says Unicef (The Guardian)

WNU Editor: Here are the numbers .... More than 350,000 dead: Syria's war in numbers (AFP)

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