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Over 465,000 civilians killed in Syria's civil war

Over 465,000 civilians killed in Syria's civil war
Over 465,000 civilians have been killed in Syria’s six-year civil war, Anadolu Agency quoted a refugee rights group as saying on Sunday.

Abdullah Resul Demir, deputy chairman of the International Refugee Rights Organization, said the fatalities had been caused during fighting or in prison.

“The century’s most serious human rights violations have been going on in Syria,” he said.

“However, all the world’s countries have turned a blind eye to this situation.”

Demir said the figure was based on evidence from independent observers between March 2011 and November 2017.

Of the dead, “26,466 of them were children,” he said. 

“Thirteen million people fled their homes and became refugees and 3.5 million children were deprived of one of their basic rights, education.”

The organization has logged 162 chemical attacks carried out over the last three years, he added.

In April last year, the UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimated 400,000 people had been killed during the war.

Syria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating civil war that began in early 2011 when the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.
Last Modified: Sunday، 10 December 2017 01:08 PM