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‘Over 13,000 dead till now’

More than 13,000 people have been killed in Syria since an anti-regime revolt broke out in March 2011, Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday.

world Updated: May 28, 2012 00:11 IST

More than 13,000 people have been killed in Syria since an anti-regime revolt broke out in March 2011, Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday.

“In total, 13,004 people were killed,” Abdel Rahman said, adding that 9,183 of them were civilians. Another 3,072 were regime troops and 749 were army defectors, he added, noting that civilians who had taken up arms during the increasingly militarised revolt were being counted under the category of “civilians.”

The violence has been relentless despite an April 12 ceasefire brokered by UN-Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan.

“Since the ceasefire came into effect, 1,881 people have been killed,” said Abdel Rahman to AFP, referring to clashes between rebels and regime troops, repression by government forces and bomb attacks.