Syria conflict death toll nears 200,000

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More than 191,000 people have been killed in the Syrian civil war, according to the UN Office for Human Rights.

The death toll compiled from several sources including the government is for the period between march 2011 and April 2014.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay however says the death toll is probably an underestimate of the real total number of people killed, during the first three years of the Syrian conflict.

Ms Pillay says failure by the international community to comprehensively bring the Syrian conflict to an end has continued to empower and embolden those responsible for the killings.

Rupert Colville is the spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office.

"The High Commissioner says she deeply regrets that, given the onset of so many other armed conflicts in this period of global destabilization, the fighting in Syria and its dreadful impact on millions of civilians has dropped off the international radar. The killers, destroyers and torturers in Syria have been empowered and emboldened by the international paralysis. There are serious allegations that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed time and time again with total impunity, yet the Security Council has failed to refer the case of Syria to the International Criminal Court, where it clearly belongs. It is essential Governments take serious measures to halt the fighting and deter the crimes, and above all stop fueling this monumental, and wholly avoidable, human catastrophe through the provision of arms and other military supplies." 

The report says over 85 percent of the victims documented were male.

The killings of nearly 9,000 minors, including over 2,000 children under ten years old, have been documented so far.

The highest number of documented killings were recorded in Rural Damascus province with over 39,000, Aleppo 31,000, Homs 28,000,  Idlib 20,000, Daraa 18,000 and Hama 14,500.

Patrick Maigua, United Nations, Geneva.

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