300,000 people killed since start of civil war in Syria

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it has registered almost 300,000 deaths since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in 2011 with the real number of casualties likely to be much higher.
“The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented death of nearly 300,000 persons since 18/03/2011, which witnessed the fall of the first martyr in Daraa, until 12/01/2014,” the organization said on its website Tuesday, adding that the real number is likely to be about 80,000 more than the documented figures “due to the extreme discretion by all sides on the human losses caused by the conflict and due to the difficulty of communication in Syria.”
The casualties include 63,072 civilians, 44,237 Syrian Army soldiers and officers, 34,838 rebel fighters and 22,624 militants from the Islamic State (IS), al-Nusra Front and other radical groups.
The numbers do not include thousands of people who disappeared during the armed conflicts and those captured by Islamists. The organization also said that another 1.5 million people had been wounded, many with permanent disabilities, and that more than half of Syria’s 18-million population had been forced to flee their homes.

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