Syria Death Toll Tops 5K

20 more killed yesterday
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2011 6:54 AM CST
In this image from amateur video made available by the Ugarit News group on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, the coffins of three protesters are carried during a march in Homs, Syria.   (AP Photo/Ugarit News group via APTN)

(Newser) – The death toll in the Syria protests now tops 5,000, according to the UN human rights chief, who wants the situation referred to the International Criminal Court. That number, which does not include soldiers or security personnel killed by the opposition, is up by 1,000 from the one announced only 10 days ago, the Telegraph reports. The Syrian government has claimed more than 1,100 members of its forces have also been killed in the nine-month uprising.

Eleven civilians were killed yesterday in Idlib, a restive province bordering Turkey, the AP reports. An activist group says 26 others were injured in shootings; the area frequently sees clashes between the army and military defectors. The Telegraph notes that nine others were reportedly killed elsewhere in the country. Also yesterday, the second pipeline explosion in a week was reported in the flashpoint province of Homs. Click to read about yesterday's elections.

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