World Bulletin/News Desk
At least 82,000 people have been killed and 12,500 others are missing after two years of civil war in Syria, the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday.
Most of the dead were killed by troops and militia loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and most of the missing are believed to have been detained by the government's secret police and other loyalists, the monitoring group said.
"The vast majority of civilian victims were killed by the regime. Killings in unofficial jails are commonplace, and the conditions under which prisoners are held are horrific," said Rami Abdulrahman, the Observatory's president.
The Observatory, established by Abdulrahman in Britain seven years ago, said 4,788 children were among the 34,473 civilians killed. Another 12,916 anti-Assad fighters were killed, along with 1,924 army deserters, it said.
On the loyalist side, 16,729 troops and 12,000 militiamen and informers have been killed. The report said the fate of around 2,500 loyalist troops believed to be held by rebels is unknown.
"The figures we have are the documented killings" Abdulrahman said. "We estimate the total number of people killed since the revolt to have surpassed 120,000."
77 killed Sunday
A total of 77 people were killed in several cities of Syria on Sunday during operations staged by forces loyal to the regime.
Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR), a London-based group that tracks civilian and dissident casualties, stated that Assad forces killed 30 in the suburbs of capital Damascus, 10 each in el-Haseqqeh and Idlib, 8 in Homs, 6 in Aleppo, 4 each in Deir al-Zor and Dera'a, 3 each in Hamah and one each in Raqqah and Latakia in air and land offensives.
Moreover, Syrian Revolution General Commission (SRGC) added fierce clashes between regime forces and members of the Free Syrian Army continues in many cities, but mainly in capital Damascus.
SANA, Syrian national news agency, announced that regime forces made major gains against opposition fighters in operations across the country.Last Mod: 13 Mayıs 2013, 10:39