UN lifts Syria death toll to "truly shocking" 60,000
Published on Jan 3, 2013 7:09 AM
AMMAN/GENEVA (REUTERS) - More than 60,000 people have died in Syria's uprising and civil war, the United Nations (UN) said on Wednesday, dramatically raising the death toll in a struggle that shows no sign of ending.
In the latest violence, dozens were killed in a rebellious Damascus suburb when a government air strike turned a petrol station into an inferno, incinerating drivers who had rushed there for a rare chance to fill their tanks, activists said.
"I counted at least 30 bodies. They were either burnt or dismembered," said Mr Abu Saeed, an activist who arrived in the area an hour after the 1pm (7pm Singapore time) raid in Muleiha, a suburb on the eastern edge of the capital.
In the north, rebels launched a major attack to take a military airport, and said they had succeeded in destroying a fighter plane and a helicopter on the ground.
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