(ANSA) – GENEVA, June 28 – Over 306,000 civilians have been killed in Syria in ten years of conflict, from 2011 to 2021, according to the latest estimates by the United Nations Human Rights Office. This is the highest estimate of civilian deaths caused by the war in Syria, the UN underlined in a statement published today in Geneva.
Following a rigorous statistical evaluation and analysis of available data on civilian casualties, a UN report estimates that 306,887 civilians were killed in Syria between March 1, 2011 and March 31, 2021. The figure relates only to those killed as a result direct warfare operations and “does not include the many and many other civilians who died due to the loss of access to health care, food, clean water and other essential human rights,” underlined the High Commissioner of United Nations for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.
The estimate of 306,887 means that on average, every single day for the past 10 years, 83 civilians have suffered violent deaths from the conflict, the report notes. Furthermore, the scale of “civilian casualties over the past 10 years represents 1.5% of the total population at the start of the conflict and raises serious concerns about the failure of the parties to the conflict to comply with the rules of international humanitarian law on the protection of civilians “.
“The conflict-related casualty figures in this report are not simply a set of abstract numbers, but represent individual human beings,” commented Michelle Bachelet. (HANDLE).
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