June 01, 2021 – 15:30
About half a million people have been killed during a decade of war in Syria, said the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The figure also includes 100,000 confirmed deaths over the last period.
According to the organization, 494,438 victims have been registered since 2011.
“Most of these deaths occurred between late 2012 and November 2015,” the organization’s head, Rami Abdel Rahman, told AFP.
The organization included in the latest data a total of at least 57,567 deaths occurring in government prisons and detention centers since 2011.
68,393 jihadists were killed in the conflict, most of them members of the Islamic State group or Al-Qaeda-linked organizations, as well as 79,844 other rebels.
The conflict erupted in 2011 after violent intervention by security forces against anti-government protesters.
In the conflict in Syria, Russia and Iran have supported the government of President Bashar al Assad, while the United States has supported various rebel groups.
The militant group, Islamic State, was also involved in the war in Syria, but all other parties involved in the conflict fought it and managed to remove it from the strongholds it had inside Syrian territory. However, some extremists continue to control parts of the northwestern province of Idlib.
On May 27, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad was declared the winner with 95 percent of the vote and consequently a fourth seven-year term as president of the war-torn country.
These were the second presidential elections since the conflict began 10 years ago.
The opposition and Western countries have called them fraud