Over 300 died on Wednesday in Syria: NGO
Beirut, September 27, 2012
First Published: 12:28 IST(27/9/2012)
Last Updated: 13:59 IST(27/9/2012)
More than 305 people were killed across Syria on Wednesday, making it the bloodiest single day of the 18-month revolt, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
A picture released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network shows smoke billowing from the scene of a bomb explosion in central Damascus near the hotel used by the UN observer mission in Syria. The blast was caused by a bomb planted on a fuel truck.(AFP)
"This is the highest toll in a single day since March 2011. And this is only counting those whose names have been documented. If we count the unidentified bodies, the figure will be much higher," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP by telephone.
A total of 199 of Wednesday's dead were civilians, the Britain-based watchdog said.
The previous highest death toll of the uprising was on July 19, when 302 people were killed, according to the Observatory.