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Syria conflict: at least 60,000 dead, says new UN report

Matthew Weaver
London Guardian [1]
Jan 2, 2013

At 60,000 deaths the UN’s increased new estimate for the number of people killed in Syria is significantly more than estimates from activists.

It comes after after human rights activists documented the deaths of 36,332 people in 2012 [2].

The Syrian Network for Human Rights said it documented every death by name, date, and in many cases with video and photographic evidence. photograph or video.

It said the figure is likely to be an underestimate: “It must be noted that there are many cases that we were unable to reach and document particularly in the case of massacres and besieged areas where the Syrian government frequently blocks communication. This indicates that the actual death toll is likely to be higher as there are dozens of cases in which residents buried the bodies in mass graves to prevent the spread of diseases.”

It’s tally includes the 3,327 children.

Full article here [1]