Decade of Syria war killed nearly 500,000 people: new tally

Decade of Syria war killed nearly 500000 people new tally

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Beirut: A war monitor said on Tuesday that the ten-year war in Syria has killed nearly half a million people, and the new death toll includes the recently confirmed 100,000 deaths.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, based in the United Kingdom, said the conflict has claimed 494,438 lives since anti-government protests were brutally suppressed in 2011.

Previous statistics released by the Observatory in March this year showed that the death toll exceeded 388,000.

With the support of the local source network, after months of record work, the war monitor has confirmed 105,015 deaths.

“The overwhelming majority of these deaths occurred between the end of 2012 and November 2015,” Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP, referring to the latest additions.

Of the recently confirmed fatalities, more than 42,000 are civilians, most of them killed under torture in Syrian regime prisons, according to the monitor.

Abdel Rahman said that a lull in the fighting allowed his organisation to investigate reports of deaths that had not been included in the overall tally for lack of documentation.

“It provided us with a window to document tens of thousands of cases for which we lacked evidence,” he said.

With government forces having reconquered large swathes of Syria and a ceasefire still holding along the main front line in Idlib region in the northwest, violence levels are at their lowest since the start of the conflict.

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