Syria violence has killed 60,000, according to UN

  • More than 60,000 people have been killed since the uprising in Syria began in March 2011, according to the United Nations.

    A study commissioned by UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay has compiled data from seven different sources and found that there had been 59,648 deaths until November 2012.

    Pillay said the figure is now expected to have risen above 60,000.

    Syrian opposition groups had previously estimated that 45,000 people had been killed.

    The study was released on Wednesday, just hours after a missile from a government warplane hit a gas station near Damascus.

    The attack reportedly resulted in an explosion in which up to 70 people were killed.

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