Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has been tracking the death toll in Syria’s conflict through a network of activists in Syria has said over 100,000 people have been killed since the start of the conflict more than two years ago, an activist group said on Wednesday.
According to the group, a total of 100,191 had died over the 27 months of the conflict. Of those, 36,661 are civilians.
On the government side, 25,407 are members of President Bashar Al Assad’s armed forces, 17,311 pro-government fighters and 169 militants from Lebanon’s Hezbollah, who have fought alongside army troops.
Deaths among Al Assad’s opponents included 13,539 rebels, 2,015 army defectors and 2,518 foreign fighters battling against the regime.
Earlier this month, the UN put the number of those killed in the conflict at 93,000 between March 2011 when the crisis started and end of April this year.
The government has not released death tolls. The state media published the names of the government’s dead in the first months of the crisis, but then stopped publishing its losses after the opposition became an armed insurgency.
Syria’s conflict began as peaceful protests against Al Assad’s rule. It gradually became an armed conflict after the Al Assad’s regime used the army to crackdown on dissent and some opposition supporters took up weapons to fight government troops.
Even the most modest international efforts to end the Syrian conflict have failed. UN’s special envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, told reporters on Tuesday that an international peace conference proposed by Russia and the US will not take place until later in the summer, partly because of opposition disarray.
The fighting has increasingly been taking sectarian overtones. Sunnis dominate the rebel ranks while Al Assad’s regime is dominated by Alawites, an offshoot sect of Shiite sect.