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8 Years of Syria War Leave more than 370,000 Dead

8 Years of Syria War Leave more than 370,000 Dead

Friday, 15 March, 2019 - 09:00
Destroyed buildings in Raqqa, Syria. Reuters file photo‍
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Eight years of war in Syria have left more than 370,000 people dead, including 112,000 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday.

According to the monitor, more than 21,000 children and 13,000 women were among the dead.

The conflict flared after unprecedented anti-government protests in the southern city of Daraa on March 15, 2011.

Demonstrations spread across Syria and were brutally suppressed by the regime, triggering a multi-front armed conflict.

The Britain-based Observatory's last casualty toll on the Syrian conflict, issued in September, stood at more than 360,000 dead.

Over 125,000 Syrian soldiers and pro-regime fighters figured in the latest toll, the monitoring group said.

It said other fighters, including rebels and Kurds, accounted for 67,000 of those killed. 

Almost 66,000 were militants, mainly from ISIS terrorist group and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).

The devastating conflict has displaced or sent into exile around 13 million Syrians, causing billions of dollars-worth of destruction.

Syria's conflict is estimated to have set its economy back three decades, destroying infrastructure and paralyzing the production of electricity and oil.

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