UN Human Rights Office reports more than 60,000 killed in Syria

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Smoke drifts into the sky from buildings and houses hit by shelling in Homs, Syria (June 2012). UN Photo/David Manyua

Data analysis conducted on behalf of the UN Human Rights Office shows more than 60,000 people have been killed in Syria in nearly two years of conflict.

The analysis was carried out by using a combined list of more than 145,000 reported killings which took place between 15 March 2011 and 30 November 2012.

The incidents were fully identified by the first and last names of the victim, and the date and location of their deaths.

Rupert Colville is the spokesperson at the UN Human Rights Office in Geneva.

"It's a big figure. You know, it's bigger than really any of the other figures out there and that's because we're looking at seven lists, not one. And it's quite shocking really. I mean everyone knew 40,000, 50,000, you know, was the kind of ballpark figure people have been working from, but 60(000) is more than we expected. And the analysts believe it could be even higher."


The analysis, which took five months to complete, was compiled from data from seven different sources, including the Syrian government.

The UN Human Rights Office says while it is the most detailed and wide-ranging analysis of casualty figures, it is by no means definitive as the circumstances of each death cannot be verified due to the conflict in Syria.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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