A decade of war in Syria killed over 388,000: monitor

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Beirut: War monitors stated on Sunday that the overall death toll in the Syrian civil war has reached 388,652 since the beginning of this month ten years ago.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the figures includes almost 117,388 civilians, among them more than 22,000 children.

Attacks by the Syrian regime and allied militia forces accounted for the majority of civilian deaths, said the Britain-based monitor which relies on sources inside Syria for its reports.

The Observatory s previous tally was issued in December and stood at more than 387,000.

Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said 2020 saw the lowest annual death toll since the war began with just over 10,000 deaths.

Due to the ceasefire in northwestern Syria, fighting has slowed down this year, and attention has turned to containing the coronavirus pandemic.

Since the conflict broke out in 2011 when anti-government protests were brutally suppressed, the observatory has also recorded at least 1,6,000 deaths in government prisons and detention centers.

It said, however, the actual number may be higher because its statistics do not include 88,000 people believed to have been tortured to death in regime prisons.

Today the Damascus government controls more than 60 percent of Syria after a string of Russia-backed victories against jihadists and rebels since 2015.

Among the regions still beyond its reach are the last rebel enclave of Idlib in the northwest, Turkish-held areas along the northern border, and northeastern parts of the country held by US-backed Kurdish forces.

The war has forced more than half the country s pre-war population to flee their homes.

According to war monitors, about 200,000 people are missing.

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