News / Middle East

Activists Say Syrian Death Toll Tops 100,000

A Sep. 20, 2012 photo shows a wounded woman still in shock leaves Dar El Shifa hospital in Aleppo, Syria.
A Sep. 20, 2012 photo shows a wounded woman still in shock leaves Dar El Shifa hospital in Aleppo, Syria.
VOA News
Syrian activists say more than 100,000 people have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced its latest count Wednesday, saying the figure included 18,000 rebels and about 40,000 pro-Assad fighters.

The United Nations said earlier this month nearly 93,000 people were confirmed dead, but that the actual number is probably much higher.

  • Members of the Free Syrian Army aim their weapons as they take up a defensive position in Aleppo's Salaheddine district, Syria, June 25, 2013.
  • A female member of the Ahbab Al-Mustafa Battalion holds a gun as she undergoes military training in Aleppo's Salaheddine district, Syria, June 24, 2013.
  • This citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC shows a rebel firing his weapon during heavy clashes with soldiers in Aleppo, Syria, June 24, 2013.
  • Syrian refugees wait for treatment at an Italian military hospital at the Al Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the Syrian border, June 25, 2013.
  • A group of Syrian refugees wait for a bus at the Al-Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the Syrian border, June 25, 2013.

Meanwhile, Jordan's King Abdullah warned the fighting in Syria could develop into a regional sectarian conflict.  In an interview for the pan-Arab Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, the king said a political solution remains the best way to resolve the crisis.

Also Wednesday, Kuwait's foreign minister addressed concerns about private Kuwaitis financing Sunni extremists in the Syrian conflict.

At a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Sabah Khalid Hamad al-Sabah said fund raising for Syria is tightly restricted to ensure support goes to the "right side" in the conflict.

On Tuesday, Kerry met with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, who said the world should not allow Iran and the militant group Hezbollah to prop up Mr. Assad's government.

The prince called for an international ban on supplying the Syrian government with weapons, criticizing Russian support for the Assad regime.

Saudi Arabia has been supplying weapons to rebel fighters, while the United States recently said it would send arms in addition to the non-lethal aid it had been providing.

You May Like

Katrina Brought Enduring Changes to New Orleans

The city’s recovery is the result of the people and culture the city is famous for, as well as newcomers and start-up industries More

China to Open Stock Markets to Pension Funds

In unprecedented move, government to soon allow local pension funds to invest up to $94 billion in domestic shares More

Magical Photo Slides Show Native Americans in Late 1800s

Walter McClintock spent 20 years photographing the Blackfoot Indians and their vanishing culture at the dawn of the modern age More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Mohamed from: Lebanon
June 26, 2013 4:31 PM
West power can't help because both side have terrorist element with them.

by: Hash from: Maryland
June 26, 2013 10:29 AM
At the beginning of the Syrian war, I could not wait for the US Govt to rush and help the rebels forces. I am pro Arab spring, because I feel it is time for these corrupt and dictatorship regimes must be replace by the new young Arab generation. But in Syria many Arab corrupt regimes like, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, and many more like to put their agenda into practice in Syria.

These very same rebels I was hoping for the US to assist, later it came out on the news were killing the Syrian troops merciless. The rebels were beheading the Syrian troops, execute them in the public, killing them and taking out their hearts. That's the same style and manners AQ would conduct. The rebels kill like AQ, it is because they are AQ. Didn’t these AQ fighters kill the US diplomats in Benghazi, the very same diplomats who helped came to power? I hope the US and EU stay away from helping these rebels.

by: Amin from: Texas
June 26, 2013 10:03 AM
Looks like 100,000 means nothing, with both sides getting more arms to go ahead and kill some more. Why the US will not force the opposition to come to the table is beyond me. If they (opposition) will only negotiate if the win everything, what is there to negotiate? I think we are falling for the Saudi/Qatar trap of using us to achieve their goals.

by: Haron from: Afghanistan
June 26, 2013 9:22 AM
we salute to Syria troops that they're the powerful armies in the region. we're praying for Syria troops to kill all their enemies and never allow the savages of West to criticize their power of weaponry. otherwise one day the enemy will enter suicide attack on presidential palace as yesterday CIA entered the armor car with full of explosion with three suicide attackers with their copy identity card in Kabul city/Afghanistan. people of Syria must not be deceived of west promise to build a new democratic life in Syria.

by: Bearman from: U.S.A.
June 26, 2013 7:49 AM
We should not get involved. These are the people that we want to supply arms to? Check this out on the internet.

A shocking video of a Syrian rebel commander apparently cutting out organs from a dead government soldier and biting his heart illustrates the brutal nature of the country’s ongoing civil war.

Human Rights Watch reports that the video appears to show Khalid al-Hamad, aka Abbu Sakkar, cutting out the heart and liver of a dead Syrian government soldier before biting a chunk from the heart while insulting members of the ruling Alawite sect. Nice!

by: Anonymous
June 26, 2013 7:36 AM
"The prince called for an international ban on supplying the Syrian government with weapons, criticizing Russian support for the Assad regime."

This is a good statement, and should be followed. Anyone supporting Assad with weapons are accomplices in his murder campaign against the Syrian Nation. He has killed tens of thousands of unarmed innocent civilians.

by: kevin lee from: asbury park.nj
June 26, 2013 7:26 AM
Hey Obama, You could draw a really big "line in the sand" with the blood of 100,000.

by: Gary Montgomery
June 26, 2013 6:53 AM
we killed far more innocents than that in iraq for no good reason.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalatesi
X
August 27, 2015 2:08 AM
Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalates

Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Is China's Economic Data Accurate?

Some investors say China's wild stock market gyrations have been made worse by worries about the reliability of that nation's economic data. And some critics say the reports can mislead investors by painting an unrealistically-strong picture of the economy. A key China scholar says Beijing is not fudging ((manipulating)) the numbers, but that the economy is evolving quickly from smoke-stack industries to services, and the ways of tracking new economic activity are falling behind the change. V
Video

Video Next to Iran, Climate at Forefront of Obama Agenda

President Barack Obama this week announced new initiatives aimed at making it easier for Americans to access renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Obama is not slowing down when it comes to pushing through climate change measures, an issue he says is the greatest threat to the country’s national security. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the White House.
Video

Video Shipping Containers Provide Experimental Housing

Housing prices around the San Francisco Bay area are out of reach for many people, so some young entrepreneurs, artists and tech industry workers are creating their own houses using converted shipping containers. But as VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports from Oakland, the effort requires ingenuity and dealing with restrictive local laws.
Video

Video Arctic Draws International Competition for Oil

A new geopolitical “Great Game” is underway in earth’s northernmost region, the Arctic, where Russia has claimed a large area for resource development and President Barack Obama recently approved Shell Oil Company’s test-drilling project in an area under U.S. control. Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Philippine Maritime Police: Chinese Fishermen a Threat to Country’s Security

China and the Philippines both claim maritime rights in the South China Sea.  That includes the right to fish in those waters. Jason Strother reports on how the Philippines is catching Chinese nationals it says are illegal poachers. He has the story from Palawan province.
Video

Video Technique May Eliminate Drill-and-Fill Dental Care

Many people dread visiting dentists because they're afraid of drills. Now, however, a technology developed by a British firm promises to eliminate the need for mechanical cleaning of dental cavities by speeding a natural process of tooth repair. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video China's Spratly Island Building Said to Light Up the Night 'Like A City'

Southeast Asian countries claim China has illegally seized territory in the Spratly islands. It is especially a concern for a Philippine mayor who says Beijing is occupying parts of his municipality. Jason Strother reports from the capital of Palawan province, Puerto Princesa.
Video

Video Ages-old Ice Reveals Secrets of Climate Change

Ice caps don't just exist at the world's poles. There are also tropical ice caps, and the largest sits atop the Peruvian Andes - but it is melting, quickly, and may be gone within the next 20 years. George Putic reports scientists are now rushing to take samples to get at the valuable information about climate change locked in the ice.
Video

Video French Experiment in Integrating Roma Under Threat

Plans to destroy France’s oldest slum have sparked an outcry on the part of its Roma residents. As Lisa Bryant reports from the Paris suburb of La Courneuve, rights groups argue the community is a fledgling experiment on integrating Roma who are often outcasts in many parts of Europe.
Video

Video Kenyans Turn to Agriculture for Business

Each year Kenyan universities continue to churn out graduates for the job market despite the already existing high rate of unemployment among youth in the country. Some of these young men and women have realized that agriculture can be as rewarding as any other business or job, and they are resorting to agribusiness in large numbers as a way of tackling unemployment. Rael Ombuor reports for VOA.
Video

Video First Women Graduate Elite Army Ranger School

Two women are making history for the U.S. Army by proving they are among the toughest of the tough. VOA's Carla Babb reports from Fort Benning, Georgia as 94 men and those two women rise as graduates of the difficult Ranger school.

VOA Blogs