Syria Death Toll Above 100,000, Says U.N.

An earthmover pours soil on the bodies of Syrian civilians, who were executed and dumped in the Quweiq river, during their burial at a park now renamed "Martyrs of the River" park in the Bustan al-Qasr district of the northern city of Aleppo on January 31, 2013. The bodies of dozens of young men, all executed with a single gunshot, were found in the river this week, adding to the grim list of massacres committed during Syria's 22-month conflict. AFP PHOTO/JM LOPEZ        (Photo credit should read JM LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Syria Death Toll Above 100,000, Says U.N.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told reporters that the Syrian death toll had spiraled to 100,000 from 93,000 in just over a month. He has appealed for a peace conference between both parties in the conflict.

Published July 25, 2013

More than 100,000 people have been killed in Syria’s civil war, announced U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday.

"The military and violent actions must be stopped by both parties and it is thus imperative to have a peace conference in Geneva as soon as possible," Ki-moon told AFP.

The death toll escalated by nearly 7,000 in a little over one month, with civilians suffering a large extent of the attacks. Aggravating the situation is the exodus of an estimated 1.7 million Syrians thus far, causing the worst refugee crisis since the Rwandan genocide almost 20 years ago.

Since beginning almost three years ago, what started out as a peaceful protest against President Bashar al-Asaad’s regime has morphed into a violent civil war after the government implemented brutal security crackdowns.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had spoken on Wednesday about possible solutions and that they would try their hardest to further peace efforts “as soon as possible.” Ki-Moon and Kerry also held talks on Thursday after speaking with the press.

"There is no military solution to Syria,'' Kerry told reporters, according to AP. "There is only a political solution, and that will require leadership in order to bring people to the table."

Ki-moon's announcement came in the wake of a car bomb attack near Syrian’s capital that left at least 10 dead and 62 injured.

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Written by Patrice Peck


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