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UN: Syria Conflict Toll Is Nearly 200,000

In this photo taken during a Syrian government-led media tour, buildings damaged during battles between Syrian troops and rebels stand along an empty street in Mleiha, about 10 kilometers (6 miles) southeast of downtown Damascus, Syria, Aug. 15, 2014.
In this photo taken during a Syrian government-led media tour, buildings damaged during battles between Syrian troops and rebels stand along an empty street in Mleiha, about 10 kilometers (6 miles) southeast of downtown Damascus, Syria, Aug. 15, 2014.
Lisa Schlein

The United Nations says more than 191,000 people have been killed since the start of the Syrian conflict in March 2011. The U.N. Human Rights Office says probably many more have been killed than the latest report indicates.

The report says its documented death toll has doubled since a year ago. Navi Pillay, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, says the international community's failure to act to stop the killings has been scandalous.

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Syria, deaths from conflict, Aug. 22, 2014
Syria, deaths from conflict, Aug. 22, 2014

Her spokesman, Rupert Colville, says Pillay feels the fighting in Syria's dreadful impact on millions of civilians has dropped off the international radar.

“She goes on to say it is a real indictment of the age we live in that not only has this been allowed to continue so long, with no end in sight, but it is also now impacting horrendously on hundreds of thousands of other people across the border in northern Iraq, and the violence has also spilled over into Lebanon," said Colville.

This latest study, the third in a series, is updated through the end of April. It gives the names of the victims as well as the dates and places where they died. Statisticians crosschecked the information against other data to wean out duplicate or erroneously reported deaths.

The report says the greatest number of documented killings occurred in and around Damascus, followed by Aleppo, Homs, Idlib, Dara'a and Hama. More than 85 percent of the victims were male. However, analysts were not able to differentiate the casualty lists between combatants and civilians.  

The report documents the killings of 8,803 minors, including 2,165 children under 10 years old, but the authors say the real total is likely higher.

Colville says everyone involved in the fighting is responsible for the killings and atrocities being committed. The U.N. spokesman named the government of President Bashar al-Assad, the military and opposition groups, including militants from the Islamic State group, as complicit in these crimes, and he adds that High Commissioner Pillay says the Security Council must share the blame, because it could have done more reduce the bloodshed.

“There are serious allegations that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed time and time again with total impunity, yet the Security Council has failed to refer the case of Syria to the International Criminal Court, where it clearly belongs," he said.

Colville notes that the monthly death toll in Syria remains between 5,000 and 6,000 lives - an extraordinarily high number.

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by: Dean
August 23, 2014 2:15 PM
The photograph depicts considerable firepower to destroy and just where it originates from is thought provoking, not to mention the finance required. The UN has failed dismally to prevent the destruction and associated humanitarian loss of lives. Navi Pillay and the UN along with the Hague need to prosecute those responsible when the time comes, and not allow it to become a statistical report, filed away.

by: Jon
August 22, 2014 2:35 PM
Way to go Obama

by: Harold Cloud
August 22, 2014 2:33 PM
Since it is Arab on Arab crimes and does not involve the Jews the world and media does not care. Pathetic!

by: Tim from: USA
August 22, 2014 1:51 PM
To meanbill- Seriously? We started the war in Syria? Afghanistan? Vietnam? Ucrane? That's ridiculous. We have nothing to do with most wars, omly trying to stop violence directed our way. Afghanistan attacked us, and most other wars we may have chosen sides and joined in but with Iraq as an exception, the vast majority were already under way when we got involved. If the USA is so bad, get the heck out and go live in whatever scum you side with like Hamas or IS.
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by: Tim Bonfielld from: Pacific Grove,ca
August 22, 2014 2:36 PM
I feel sad for you nieve knowledge of the US!

by: meanbill from: USA
August 22, 2014 10:26 AM
Syria is just (one) of the many countries the US and NATO countries politically interfered in, (to change the world, to what the US and NATO envision it should be), and changing what they envision with violence, destruction, killings and wars that never seem to end, in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Yemen, and now Ukraine..... (like (3) of the (4) horseman of the apocalypse, death, famine, and war), the US and NATO countries are attempting to change the world..... (the world must wait for the 4th horseman), to bring the end of days?

The US and NATO countries "vision" of what the world should be like, (and on how they are attempting to change it), has caused untold violence, and hundreds of thousands of deaths, and millions of people homeless and displaced, with their homes, cities, towns, and countries destroyed or in ruins, and the conflicts and wars caused by the US and NATO interference into these countries to "change" them, using violence, destruction, killings and war, keep going on and on to this day..... CHECK THE FACTS, almost every single conflict or war since WW2, has been caused by the US and NATO interference to "change" countries and the world, to what they envision it should be....

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