Syrian Crisis: ‘Bloody March’ Was Conflict’s Deadliest Month
More than 6,000 people died in Syria in March, the deadliest month since protests against the government began two years ago, activists say.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a UK-based activist group, said it recorded 6,005 deaths last month.
It said victims included at least 291 women, 298 children, 1,486 rebel fighters and army defectors, and 1,464 government troops.
The other casualties were unidentified civilians and fighters, it added.
The anti-government group, which monitors human rights violations on both sides of the conflict via a network of contacts across Syria, said the total toll was much higher than the 62,554 deaths it has documented.
"We estimate it is actually around 120,000 people," Rami Abdelrahman, the head of the group, told Reuters news agency.
"Many death tolls are more difficult to document so we are not officially including them yet."
The UN says more than 70,000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising began.
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