March was Syrian conflict's 'deadliest month'

  • More than 6,000 people were killed in Syria in March, the deadliest month since an uprising against the government began two years ago.

    According to UK-based activist group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), 6,005 deaths were recorded last month.

    Victims included at least 291 women, 298 children, 1,486 rebel fighters and army defectors and 1,464 government troops.

    The group, which monitors human rights violations on both sides of the conflict, added that the total death toll was expected to be much higher than the 62,554 deaths it has documented.

    "We estimate it is actually around 120,000 people. Many death tolls are more difficult to document so we are not officially including them yet.” said Rami Abdelrahman, the head of the SOHR.

    The United Nations estimates more than 70,000 people have died in Syria since protests began against President Bashar al-Assad.

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