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Rights group: More than 300,000 people killed in Syria since 2011

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports there were more than 230,000 documented deaths since the beginning of the Syrian Civil War in 2011, as well as an estimated 90,000 deaths that went undocumented.
By Fred Lambert Contact the Author   |   Updated June 9, 2015 at 9:06 PM
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DAMASCUS, Syria, June 9 (UPI) -- A human rights observer group says more than 320,000 people have been killed in the Syrian Civil War since 2011.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it documented 230,618 deaths in the Syrian Civil War between March 2011, when the conflict began, and June 8, 2015.

Civilians account for the highest category within that number at 108,086 -- including 7,371 women and 11,493 children.

Syrian government troop deaths number 49,106 (not including 2,524 who were killed after defecting), while the number of killed rebel fighters sits at 38,592.

SOHR reports that deaths of Arab, European, Asian, American and Australian fighters from jihadi groups such as the Islamic State and al-Qaida's Nusra Front number 31,247.

Another 32,533 people of various allegiances and groups -- including local self-defense militias -- were also documented as killed, as well as 2,844 pro-regime Shia militiamen, 838 fighters from Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, and 3,191 unidentified people.

SOHR estimates about 90,000 undocumented deaths due to "the extreme discretion by all sides on the human losses caused by the conflict and due to the difficulty of communication in Syria."

Also left out of the official documented number are 20,000 detainees unaccounted for in regime prisons, 13,000 civilians and combatants taken prisoner by Islamic State forces and 1,500 Kurdish fighters, jihadis and rebels who have been kidnapped by multiple entities during clashes in the country.

With no end in sight, the Syrian Civil War has created a humanitarian crisis of sizable proportions.

According to the Central Intelligence Agency, 2014 saw Syria's displaced refugee population balloon beyond 3 million, while more than 12 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

The war has also taken a toll on the Syrian economy.

In 2014, four in five Syrians were estimated to be living in poverty. The World Bank estimates that unemployment in the country rose from 15 percent in 2011 to 58 percent in 2014. About 3 million people lost their jobs during the conflict, affecting 12.2 million dependents.

Syria's 2014 GDP was 48 percent less than in 2010, with growth averaging at .5 percent compared with 5.7 percent between 2004 and 2009.

A report by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency estimated that even if the conflict ended in June 2013 and Syria's GDP grew 5 percent each year, it would still take another 30 years for the Syrian economy to return to the level it was at in 2010.

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