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More than 39,000 killed in 20 months of Syria conflict: NGO

Published on Nov 15, 2012 4:53 PM
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Smoke billows from burning tyres as Syrian rebels of the Halab al-Shabah battalion under Al-Tawhid brigade take position during clashes with regime forces in Al-Amariya district of the northern city of Aleppo on Nov 13, 2012. Violence in Syria since an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's regime erupted 20 months ago has claimed the lives of more than 39,000 people, mostly civilians, a watchdog said on Thursday. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIRUT (AFP) - Violence in Syria since an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's regime erupted 20 months ago has claimed the lives of more than 39,000 people, mostly civilians, a watchdog said on Thursday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights listed 27,410 civilians, 9,800 soldiers and 1,359 military deserters as among those killed since the uprising began on Mar 15, 2011.

The Britain-based watchdog regards citizens who have taken up arms against Assad as civilians.