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UN: Syrian death toll just over 191,000

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 01:45

The death toll in Syria's three-year conflict has risen to more than 191, 000, more than double the figure documented a year ago, according to the United Nations. Deborah Gembara reports.

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Fighting in Syria shows no signs of letting up and a new report from the UN suggests the danger level in Syria has only intensified. It says that after three years of fighting, the death toll stands at more than 191,000. U.N. Human Rights Spokesman Rupert Colville says the figures reflect casualty reports through April of this year. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS SPOKESMAN RUPERT COLVILLE SAYING: "In addition to around 62,000 new killings in the year covered by this new analysis, the total has actually together more than doubled the number documented a year ago, which we announced in June 2013. As the report explains, unfortunately this is probably an underestimate of the real total number of people killed during the first three years of this murderous conflict." The UN says the report was compiled with data from numerous credible sources and says the need for a united front to end the conflict is now more urgent than ever. SOUNDBITE) (English) U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS SPOKESMAN RUPERT COLVILLE SAYING: "The killers, destroyers and torturers in Syria have been empowered and emboldened by the international paralysis. There are serious allegations that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed time and time again with total impunity. Yet the Security Council has failed to refer the case of Syria to the International Criminal Court, where it clearly belongs." The report also breaks down the casualties by city --- with the most reported around Damascus followed by Aleppo and Homs..where various rebel factions, the Syrian government and now, radical Islamic State militants are fighting for territory.

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UN: Syrian death toll just over 191,000

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