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73,000 dead in Syria in 2013, war's bloodiest year

Published on Jan 2, 2014 12:16 AM
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A youth cycles past the rubble of a building destroyed in the country's civil war, in the Harasta area in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus on Dec 24, 2013. More than 73,000 people were killed in Syria in 2013, the bloodiest year yet in the brutal civil war that began in March 2011, a non-governmental organisation said on Wednesday. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIRUT (AFP) - More than 73,000 people were killed in Syria in 2013, the bloodiest year yet in the brutal civil war that began in March 2011, a non-governmental organisation said on Wednesday.

The tally from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights came as renewed regime air strikes in the northern city of Aleppo killed at least five people.

The group said it considered the international community "a partner in the shedding of the blood of the Syrian people" because it had failed to take "serious action" to stop the war.

The Britain-based group said it had documented the deaths of 73,455 people between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013, including 22,436 civilians.

 
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