At least 93,000 people killed in Syria, UN says



ARA News

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, revealed on Thursday that 92,901 cases of people killed in Syria have been documented since the start of the Syrian uprising until the end of April, 2013.

Pillay described the increasing numbers of victims in Syria due to the ongoing war as “shokingly high levels”.

“The constant flow of killings continues at shockingly high levels, with more than 5,000 killings documented every month since last July, including a total of just under 27,000 new killings since Dec. 1,” she stated. “Unfortunately, this is most likely a minimum casualty figure. The true number of those killed is potentially much higher.”

The documented cases of killings in Syria include the full names of the victims, the date and the location of death; if any of these three main elements was missed, the case was then excluded from the U.N. lists. According to reports, eight different sources were used in the procedure of verifying the information on each killing case.

Statistical analysists who produced the report told Alarabiya: “There are 37,988 reported killings that were excluded due to insufficient information, and there is a strong likelihood that a significant number of deaths may not have been reported by any of the sources. Each killing was compared to all the others in order to identify duplicates.”

According to the statistical analysis, a remarkable increase was seen in the number of victims of the Syrian war, as a comparison was made between the monthly death toll in 2011 and 2012 –estimated with 1,000 per month in the summer of 2011, and 5,000 per month in the summer of 2012. The score of deaths afterwards exceeded the 6,000 every month.

Pillay expressed her worries regarding the situation of civilians in Syria in the shadow of the constantly growing violence.

“The extremely high rate of killings, month after month, reflects the drastically deteriorating pattern of the conflict over the past year,” she said. “civilians are bearing the brunt of widespread violent, and often indiscriminate attacks which are devastating whole swathes of major towns and cities, as well as outlying villages.”

Pillay accused the Syrian regime of using all available kinds of weapons to destroy areas and suppress its opponents.

“Government forces are shelling and launching aerial attacks on urban areas day in and day out, and are also using strategic missiles, and cluster and thermo-baric bombs. Opposition forces have also shelled residential areas, albeit using less fire-power, and there have been multiple bombings resulting in casualties in the heart of cities, especially Damascus,” she stated. 

Reports revealed that the documented killings in Syria included the highest death tolls in Damascus’ suburb, Homs, Aleppo and Idlib. Male victims constitute 82.6 percent, and 7.6 percent are female.

Pillay maintained that among the documented cases there are at least 6,561 minors were killed in Syria, “including at least 1,729 children under 10 years old”.

“There are also well-documented cases of individual children being tortured and executed, and entire families, including babies, being massacred –which, along with this devastatingly high death toll, is a terrible reminder of just how vicious this conflict has become,” Pillay uncovered. “I urge the parties to declare an immediate ceasefire before tens of thousands more people are killed or injured.”

Pillay emphasized the need for a political solution for the current crisis in Syria.

“The only answer is a negotiated political solution. Tragically, shamefully, nothing will restore the 93,000 or more individual lives already lost.”


By: Adib Abdulmajid

Source: ARA News – Agencies

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