Security and countering violence


The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) published on Tuesday June 1 a new report on the victims of the war in Syria. The NGO announced that 494,438 people have died since the beginning of the conflict in 2011.


Including more than 100,000 victims whose deaths have just been confirmed by the SOHR, the new report said that “the overwhelming majority of these deaths occurred between late 2012 and late 2015.”


Based in the UK, the organisation said that a total of 159,774 civilians died, including more than 25,000 under the age of 18. According to the same source, the Al-Assad regime and its allied forces are responsible for the majority of these deaths.


On the side of the armed forces, rebel groups and militias, the NGO counted more than 168,000 deaths among pro-regime fighters, more than half of them Syrian soldiers. 79,844 rebels, including Islamists, were killed, as well as 68,393 jihadists, mainly from the Islamic State group and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the former Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda.