death toll in Syria war at least 191,369 through April 2014: U.N.
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[August 22, 2014]
By Stephanie Nebehay
GENEVA (Reuters) - At least 191,369 people
have been killed in Syria's conflict through April, more than double the
figure documented a year ago and probably still an under-estimate, the
United Nations human rights office said on Friday.
The U.N. report, based on data from four groups and the government
that were cross-checked, reflects a reality of killing and torture
while the civil war has "dropped off the international radar", U.N.
High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said.
"With additional killings reported from earlier periods, in addition
to the new killings that have taken place, the total is more than
double the number documented a year ago," Pillay said in a
"Nevertheless, as the report explains, tragically it is probably an
underestimate of the real total number of people killed during the
first three years of this murderous conflict."
An additional 51,953 killings that were reported lacked sufficient
information and were excluded from the analysis, said the report
issued in Geneva. A further significant number may not have been
reported by any of the five sources, it added.
The highest number of documented killings were recorded in Rural
Damascus province(39,393), followed by Aleppo (31,932), Homs
(28,186), Idlib (20,040), Daraa (18,539) and Hama (14,690).
Pillay repeated her call for referring alleged war crimes and crimes
against humanity committed by all sides in Syria's conflict to the
International Criminal Court (ICC).
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"The killers, destroyers and torturers in Syria have been empowered
and emboldened by the international paralysis," she said.
"It is essential governments take serious measures to halt the
fighting and deter the crimes, and above all stop fuelling this
monumental, and wholly avoidable, human catastrophe through the
provision of arms and other military supplies," she said.
(Editing by Ralph Boulton)
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