More than 300,000 killed in Syrian civil war

In the course of five years of civil war in Syria, and near-complete inaction on the part of the civilized world, hundreds of thousands of civilians have been killed, injured or misplaced.

By World Israel News Staff

More than 300,000 people, including many women and children, have been killed over the course of five years of civil war in Syria, a Syrian activist group that tracks the country’s seemingly endless conflict said in a report.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Tuesday that the dead include 59,000 of President Bashar al-Assad’s soldiers and more than 86,000 civilians. The rest include rebels, foreign fighters, Hezbollah terrorist fighting alongside Assad’s forces, defectors from the Syrian army and others.

The SOHR’s records show that since the war began in March 2011 and until a fragile truce went into effect on Monday, 301,781 people have been killed in Syria.

The group estimates that the real death toll could be as far as 70,000 more dead, since many of the various rebel and Islamic terrorist groups do not announce their deaths and because there are other deaths that are not documented.

The latest death toll figure from the United Nations (UN), which stopped tracking casualties in 2015, stood at 250,000 killed in Syria.

Many other millions have been displaced in their land or live as refugees in neighboring countries. Millions have also fled to Europe, irreversibly altering the continent’s character.

AP contributed to this report.