More than 2000 Syrians killed during Holy Month

Published 29.07.2014 00:00
Updated 29.07.2014 13:51
More than 2000 Syrians killed during Holy Month

More than 2,300 people were killed by fighting in Syria during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a human rights group has reported.

The London-based Syrian Network for Human Rights said that of the 2,378 deaths it had recorded, 1,932 were attributed to forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, including 350 women and children and 142 people subjected to torture.

ISIS militants were responsible for 273 deaths, including 21 women and children and 62 civilians, the network reported, and another 19 died in fighting between rival rebel groups.

Other opposition fighters killed 98 civilians, including 46 women and children, the statement added, giving no further information on the outstanding 416 deaths.

Ramadan began on June 28 and ended on July 27.

Syria has been gripped by fighting since the regime launched a violent crackdown in response to anti-government protests in March 2011.

The network says more than 126,000 – of which 106,000 were civilians – have been killed since the conflict began. The United Nations' last verified count in July 2013 put the toll at 100,000.

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