Syria death toll reaches 93,000, says UN

  • At least 93,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of the conflict, according to figures released by the United Nations on Thursday.

    The number has risen by more than 30,000 since the UN last released figures in November last year.

    According to the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), around 5,000 people have died in Syria every month since last July.

    The OHCHR added the statistics are likely to be lower than actual figures as many deaths have not been reported.

    Out of those killed, 80 percent were men.

    The highest numbers of killings were recorded in the governorates of rural Damascus (17,800 deaths), Homs (16,400), and Aleppo (11,900).

    The uprising in Syria began as largely peaceful protests against President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011 and has since escalated into a civil war.

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