Visit our new website:

Syria death toll more than 370,000 in 8 years of war: monitor

  • Sat, 16 Mar 2019 05:47
Fri, 2019-03-15 07:00

BEIRUT: Eight years of war in Syria have left more than 370,000 people dead including 112,000 civilians, a monitor said Friday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has a network of sources across the country, said more than 21,000 children and 13,000 women were among the dead.
The conflict flared after unprecedented anti-government protests in the southern city of Daraa on March 15, 2011.
Demonstrations spread across Syria and were brutally suppressed by the regime, triggering a multi-front armed conflict that has drawn in foreign powers and militant groups.
The Britain-based Observatory's last casualty toll on the Syrian conflict, issued in September, stood at more than 360,000 dead.
Over 125,000 Syrian government soldiers and pro-regime fighters figured in the latest toll, the monitoring group said.
It said other fighters, including rebels and Kurds, accounted for 67,000 of those killed.
Almost 66,000 were militants, mainly from the Daesh group and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), dominated by Al-Qaeda's former affiliate in Syria.
The devastating conflict has displaced or sent into exile around 13 million Syrians, causing billions of dollars-worth of destruction.
With the support of powerful allies Russia and Iran, President Bashar al-Assad has won his war for political survival but his country is fractured and cash-strapped.
Having reversed rebel gains with a massive Russian intervention, Assad now controls almost two-thirds of Syria's territory.
But key areas remain beyond regime control, including a swathe of the oil-rich northeast held by Kurdish-led fighters.
Washington backs the Syrian Democratic Forces, which are spearheading an anti-Daesh campaign, which is drawing to a close near the Iraqi border.
Idlib in northwestern Syria, held by HTS, is protected by a ceasefire deal between Ankara and Moscow which has seen Turkish troops deployed to the area.
Syria's conflict is estimated to have set its economy back three decades, destroying infrastructure and paralysing the production of electricity and oil.
Assad, however, has regained control of key commercial arteries and started a tentative comeback on the Arab diplomatic scene.
Several countries have called for Syria to be reintegrated into the Arab League, from which it was suspended as the death toll from the uprising mounted in 2011.

Main category: 
Al-Jubeir: Solving the Syrian crisis will lead to withdrawal of Iran’s forces and militiasTurkey, Russia eye closer coordination on Syria Middle-East


Harvard Business Review

Related Stories

Daesh militants kill 7 US-backed fighters in Syria: commanders
  • Wed, 27 Mar 2019 00:37

Author: AFPID: 1553598616333537700Tue, 2019-03-26 11:08 BEIRUT: Daesh militants killed seven US-backed fighters in the northern Syrian city...

Death toll from China pesticide plant blast rises to 78
  • Tue, 26 Mar 2019 01:49

Author: REUTERSID: 1553504912215533100Mon, 2019-03-25 08:56 BEIJING: The death toll from a massive explosion last week at a pesticide plant...

France bans Iran’s Mahan Air for flying arms, troops to Syria, elsewhere
  • Mon, 25 Mar 2019 21:50

Author: REUTERSID: 1553512116775904600Mon, 2019-03-25 10:57 PARIS: France has banned flights in and out of the country by Iran’s Mahan Ai...

Higher Than the Sun by Timothy Poulton
  • Sun, 24 Mar 2019 03:34

Higher Than the Sun by Timothy Poulton The Endless Pursuit of Unhappiness The question is that; is the ...

Syria Kurd autonomy under threat after Daesh 'caliphate' falls
  • Sat, 23 Mar 2019 16:12

Author: AFPID: 1553326349929356500Sat, 2019-03-23 07:28 BEIRUT: Now the Daesh group's "caliphate" has fallen, the hard-won limited autonomy...

White House: All Daesh-held territory in Syria has been '100 percent eliminated'
  • Sat, 23 Mar 2019 05:27

Fri, 2019-03-22 19:11 ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE: The White House said on Friday that all Daesh held territory in Syria has been"100 percent" eliminated. ...

Turkish Lira Tumbles in Echoes of Last Year's Meltdown
  • Sat, 23 Mar 2019 04:42

Turkey’s lira plunged more than 4 percent against the US dollar on Friday, its biggest one-day fall since a currency crisis took hold in August, rai...

Philippine president wants to end anti-drug war in three years
  • Fri, 22 Mar 2019 05:49

Author: Thu, 2019-03-21 22:03 MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday he wanted to finish his war on drugs in three years, d...

54 dead, 28 missing after ferry sinks in Iraq: new official toll
  • Thu, 21 Mar 2019 22:40

Thu, 2019-03-21 16:28 MOSUL: At least 54 people have died and 28 are missing after a ferry carrying families sank Thursday on the Tigris River in I...

Daesh clings on in face of Kurd-led assault in Syria
  • Sun, 17 Mar 2019 06:42

Author: AFPID: 1552734076471193000Sat, 2019-03-16 10:26 BAGHOUZ, Syria: US-backed forces battled Daesh group fighters overnight as the extr...

For Syrians, 8 years of war leaves stories of loss and hope
  • Sat, 16 Mar 2019 19:13

Author: By SARAH EL DEEB | APID: 1552721302240734800Sat, 2019-03-16 06:26 BAGHOUZ, Syria: War is personal. And in Syria, after eight years ...