Death Toll in Syria's Three-year Civil War Tops 150,000

Activist group says half of the dead were civilians.


The death toll in Syria’s three-year-old conflict has exceeded 150,000, an activist group said this week as fighting raged across the country.

Of those who died in the conflict, 75,487 were civilians, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The group said it had documented 150,344 deaths in the conflict, which started in March 2011.

The figure includes civilians, rebels and members of the Syrian military. It also includes militiamen fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces and foreign fighters battling for Assad’s ouster on the rebels’ side.

The group bases its tally on information it receives from inside Syria. In January, the United Nations said it had stopped updating its count of Syrian dead because it could no longer verify its information.