Syrian conflict has claimed 290,000 lives
Syria’s brutal conflict has now claimed the lives of more than 290,000 people, a monitoring group said, giving its latest death toll for the devastating five-year war. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 292,817 people had been killed between March 2011 – when the conflict erupted – and the end of July. The toll represents an increase of more than 10,000 people since the monitor gave its last account on May 26. Among the dead are 84,472 civilians, including 14,711 children and 9520 women, it said on August 8. The Observatory also documented the deaths of 50,548 nonjihadist rebels and Kurdish militiamen.