Washington: More than
46,000 people have died in Syria in the conflict between the
forces of President Bashar al-Assad and the rebels, said an
opposition group Tuesday.
Of all people killed in the civil war, 85 percent of them --
39,520 -- died in 2012, according to the opposition Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights, CNN reported.
In 2011, 6,548 lost their lives, representing 14 percent of the
total 46,068 deaths.
And 2013 could bode worse, UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi
"Do not expect just 25,000 people to die next year -- maybe
100,000 will die. The pace is increasing," Brahimi was quoted as
In the early hours of Jan 1, 2013, clashes and shelling raged in
eight Syrian provinces, the Observatory said Tuesday.