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More than 120 000 killed in Syria war

01 November 2013, 13:46

Beirut - A Syrian activist group says more than 120 000 people have been killed since the start of the country's civil war nearly three years ago.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has been tracking the death toll through a network of activists in Syria, said Friday that 120 296 people have died. Of those, it said 61 067 are civilians, including 6 365 children.

On the government side, it said 29 954 are members of President Bashar Assad's armed forces, 18 678 are pro-government fighters and 187 are Lebanese Hezbollah militants.

Also among the dead it said were 2 202 army defectors and some 5 375 opposition fighters, many of them foreigners.

On 25 July, the UN estimated 100 000 have died in the conflict since March 2011. It has not updated that figure since.

- AP


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