Syrian Death Toll Hits Nearly 93,000, Says U.N.

Syrian Death Toll Hits Nearly 93,000, Says U.N.

A new report from the United Nations human rights office confirms that nearly 93,000 documented killings have occurred in conflict-ridden Syria since March 2011. A separate global U.N. report reveals that thousands of young children have been killed, maimed, injured and tortured during the Syrian conflict.

Published June 13, 2013

At least 92,901 documented killings have occurred in Syria between March 2011 and the end of April, according to a United Nations report released today.This analysis, updated from a similar January report, recorded 26,906 killings occurring between December 2012 and April 2013.

Nationwide uprisings and protests during the Arab Spring triggered months of violent unrest that has spread throughout the country since March 2011. Non-stop shelling, missile firings and multiple bombings in the heart of cities, particularly Damascus, have been attributed to both President Bashar al-Assad's government forces and rebel forces seeking his removal.

More than 5,000 observed killings (those examined by the report) have been taking place each month since last July, said the U.N.'s human rights office. Only killings that were fully identified by the name of the victim, as well as the date and location of death, were examined in the report. Reported killings that were missing any of this information were excluded. Taking into account undocumented and unobserved killings, the actual death toll is believed to be much higher.

Another recently released global U.N. report has revealed the grave violations being committed against young children in Syria, including those under the age of 10. More than 1,700 killings were documented for that age group. The study showed that children in the area have continued to be killed, injured, tortured and maimed by heavy artillery, air strikes and crossfire as a direct result of the conflict.

"Civilians are bearing the brunt of widespread, violent and often indiscriminate attacks which are devastating whole swathes of major towns and cities, as well as outlying villages," read a statement from Navi Pillay, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights.

"Nobody is gaining anything from this senseless carnage," she added. "States with influence could, if they act collectively, do a lot more to bring the conflict to a swift end, thereby saving countless more lives," she added.

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Written by Patrice Peck


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