(Image source: The New York Times)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

The United Nations believes the death toll in Syria has crossed 60,000 — a much higher count than previous estimates.

 

An air strike from Bashar al-Assad’s regime Wednesday killed at least 30 people in a Damascus suburb populated largely by rebel fighters. The strike targeted a gas station — leaving dozens burned or dismembered. [Video: BBC]

 

The new casualty count from the U.N. far surpasses Syrian activists’ previous estimate of 40,000 killed during the nation’s two-year civil war. Sky News’ Foreign Affairs editor Tim Marshall had this to say about the new figures. [Video: CBS]

 

MARSHALL: “The U.N. has done the most exhaustive study so far … By the summer of 2011, there was 1,000 a month were dying. By the summer of last year, 2012, 5,000 a month were being killed.”

 

The U.N. cross checked reported fatalities from seven different sources in all to reach a total estimate of 59,648 killed by the end of November. Now, the U.N. Human Rights commissioner estimates that total has by far crossed the 60,000 mark in the time since.

 

The new study also reports:

 

“Over 76% of the victims documented so far are male, while 7.5% are female, according to the analysis. The gender of the victim is not clear in 16.4 percent of cases.”

 

Although the new numbers don’t differentiate between combatants and non-combatants, the U.N. does break casualties down by region, reporting the largest number of killings in Homs and rural Damascus. [Source: Google Maps]

60,000 Dead in Syrian War, UN Estimates

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Jan 2, 2013

60,000 Dead in Syrian War, UN Estimates

(Image source: The New York Times)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

The United Nations believes the death toll in Syria has crossed 60,000 — a much higher count than previous estimates.

 

An air strike from Bashar al-Assad’s regime Wednesday killed at least 30 people in a Damascus suburb populated largely by rebel fighters. The strike targeted a gas station — leaving dozens burned or dismembered. [Video: BBC]

 

The new casualty count from the U.N. far surpasses Syrian activists’ previous estimate of 40,000 killed during the nation’s two-year civil war. Sky News’ Foreign Affairs editor Tim Marshall had this to say about the new figures. [Video: CBS]

 

MARSHALL: “The U.N. has done the most exhaustive study so far … By the summer of 2011, there was 1,000 a month were dying. By the summer of last year, 2012, 5,000 a month were being killed.”

 

The U.N. cross checked reported fatalities from seven different sources in all to reach a total estimate of 59,648 killed by the end of November. Now, the U.N. Human Rights commissioner estimates that total has by far crossed the 60,000 mark in the time since.

 

The new study also reports:

 

“Over 76% of the victims documented so far are male, while 7.5% are female, according to the analysis. The gender of the victim is not clear in 16.4 percent of cases.”

 

Although the new numbers don’t differentiate between combatants and non-combatants, the U.N. does break casualties down by region, reporting the largest number of killings in Homs and rural Damascus. [Source: Google Maps]

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