Morocco World News
New York, June 13, 2013
According to the United Nations Human Rights Office, at least 93,000 people have been killed in the conflict in Syria as of the end of April. The UN body added in a press statement released on Thursday that the number of deaths is mostly likely larger.
The office added in the latest study to monitor the number of documented deaths that more than five thousand people have died every month since last July, and that Damascus and Aleppo, recorded the largest numbers of deaths since November of last year, with with 6,200 and 4,800 new documented deaths respectively.
The same source added that some 82.6 percent of the victims documented so far are male, while 7.6 percent are female.
“The constant flow of killings continues at shockingly high levels – with more than 5,000 killings documented every month since last July, including a total of just under 27,000 new killings since 1 December,” Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human rights said in a news release.
“Unfortunately…this is most likely a minimum casualty figure. The true number of those killed is potentially much higher,” she added.
The latest analysis was based on data from eight sources, including the Syrian government and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, based in Britain.
“There are also well-documented cases of individual children being tortured and executed, and entire families, including babies, being massacred,” Ms. Pillay said, adding that along with the devastatingly high death toll, this is a terrible reminder of “just how vicious this conflict has become.”