More than 191,000 people have been killed in th Syrian civil war up to April, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says.

In a statement, Pillay said that the figure was “probably an underestimate” and had doubled from this time las year, demonstrating a continued escalation in violence in the “murderous conflict”.

The High Commissioner went on to criticise the “international paralysis” on the issue which has empowered and emboldened”the “killers, destroyers and torturers in Syria”.

She went on to say that she regretted that “given the onset of so many other armed conflicts in this period of global destabilization, the fighting in Syria and its dreadful impact on millions of civilians has dropped off the international radar” and pushed for international action, saying:

“It is essential Governments take serious measures to halt the fighting and deter the crimes, and above all stop fuelling this monumental, and wholly avoidable, human catastrophe through the provision of arms and other military supplies.”

The report found that the greatest number of documented killings were recorded in the Governorate of Rural Damascus (39,393), with the next highest numbers recorded in Aleppo (31,932), Homs (28,186), Idlib (20,040), Daraa (18,539) and Hama (14,690). Some 85.1 percent (162,925) of the victims documented so far are male, and 9.3 percent (17,795) are female, but the analysis was not able to differentiate between combatants and civilians.

Nearly three million people have fled their homes and become refugees, mostly in neighbouring Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey.

Both the Syrian government and numerous rebel groups have been accused of war crimes by the UN.


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