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Fri Apr 18 12:38:28 SAST 2014

More than 39 000 killed in 20 months of Syria conflict: NGO

Sapa-AFP | 15 November, 2012 12:58
The bodies of people who activists say were killed after a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad fired missiles are seen in Daria, near Damascus November 13, 2012.
Image by: HANDOUT / REUTERS

Violence in Syria since an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's regime erupted 20 months ago has claimed the lives of more than 39 000 people, mostly civilians, a watchdog said on Thursday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights listed 27 410 civilians, 9 800 soldiers and 1 359 military deserters as among those killed since the uprising began on March 15, 2011.

The Britain-based watchdog regards citizens who have taken up arms against Assad as civilians.

Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said another 543 persons who could not be identified needed to be added to the figure, for a total of 39 112.

Even these figures are short of the real total, because they do not include people who have disappeared, many of whom are presumed dead, and deaths among the pro-regime "shabiha" militias.

And Abdel Rahman added that it is difficult to get accurate figures on both army and rebel deaths, "because both sides tend to minimise their losses."

The Observatory relies on a countrywide network of activists and medics in civilian and military hospitals for its numbers.

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