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More than 150,000 killed in Syria conflict: NGO

Published on Apr 2, 2014 6:13 AM

BEIRUT (AFP) - More than 150,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011, a monitoring group said in a new toll released on Tuesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had documented the deaths of 150,344 people. Of them, 51,212 were civilians, including 7,985 children.

The group said 37,781 members of the armed opposition had been killed, including jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and the Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra Front.

A total of 58,480 loyalist forces, including more than 35,000 soldiers, were also killed.

People stand at a site hit by what activists said was an air raid by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in the Karam Al-Beik area of Aleppo on April 1, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
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