Death toll rises to 3,500 in Syria, says UN

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

As the violence continues in Syria, the death toll, too, continues to rise.

The United Nations Human Rights Office in Geneva says that more than 3,500 Syrians have been killed since the Government's brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

This despite Syria having signed a regional peace plan last week.

UN Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani says the violence and arrests persisted even as the country celebrated the Muslim festival, Eid on Sunday.

"The brutal crackdown on dissent in Syria has so far claimed the lives of more than 3,500 Syrians. More than 60 people are reported to have been killed by military and security forces since Syria had signed the peace plan sponsored by the League of Arab States, including 19 on Eid al-Adha on Sunday. While the Syrian government had announced the release of 553 detainees on Saturday, tens of thousands remained in detention and dozens were reported to be arbitrarily arrested every day."

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