Syria Death Toll: 40K
Half were civilians, rights group says
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 23, 2012 10:11 AM CST
In this Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 photo, a Syrian woman walks in front of a destroyed hospital where heavy clashes took place, on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria.   (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)

(Newser) – The Syrian conflict has raged for 20 months now, and 40,000 lives have been lost in the process, a monitoring group tells Reuters. About half of the dead were civilians, while a quarter were rebel fighters and a quarter government troops, says the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. But "the figure is likely much higher as the rebels and the government lie about how many of their forces have died to make it look like they are winning," Rami Abdelrahman adds. What's more, "there are 10,000 to 15,000 people who were arrested months ago, so we can't use that number as we don't know if they are dead or alive."

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Nov 23, 2012 4:58 PM CST
and the "monitoring group" saw each body and asked them which side they were on before they died! wow even the red cross cant get in there and yet they let a "monitoring group" just walk around and talk to dead people? i dont think so! fubo! about!!! ba!
Nov 23, 2012 1:57 PM CST
President al-Assad Stresses Syria\'s Keenness on Making National Dialogue a Success and on Fighting Terrorism President Bashar al-Assad on Friday received Speaker of Iranian Shura Council, Ali Larijani, and the accompanying delegation. The meeting tackled the situation in the region, especially the failure of the Israeli aggression on Gaza and the victory of the Palestinian Resistance, and the keenness of Syria and Iran on adhering to resistance and supporting it. Larijani hailed the wise stances of the Syrian leadership in dealing with the crisis, stressing Iran's support to Syria. President al-Assad highly valued Iran's keenness on helping the Syrian people and supporting political dialogue, stressing that Syria will continue work on making national dialogue a success and simultaneously fighting terrorism which aims at destabilizing the security of Syria and the whole region. President al-Assad and Larijani stressed Syria and Iran's keenness on enhancing bilateral relations in all fields and continuing cooperation and coordination over regional issues of mutual concern. The meeting was attended by Speaker of the People's Assembly, Dr. Jihad al-Lahham, and the Iranian Ambassador in Damascus. Answering a question from the press on the visit, President al-Assad said that "It is not an emergency visit; there is continuous communication between us and the Iranian officials. But when the visit is on the level of Speaker of the Parliament, we reassess all the visits made by other officials, especially in these circumstances, the last of which was the Israeli aggression on Gaza which took up a great deal of the dialogue today." For his part, Dr. Larijani said "Of course we made valuable and very important discussions, particularly regarding the events in Palestine and the great victory achieved by the Palestinian people and the Syrian leadership and people. President al-Assad and his father, the late president Hafez al-Assad, had a very important role in the Palestinian Resistance." "At a time when some countries in the region were afraid of sending one bullet to the Palestinians, the Syrian government and people were putting all resources at the disposal of the Palestinian people. This is what made some of the region's countries send armed groups to Syria," Larijani said. Heinous Crime against Four Citizens in Deir Ezzor...Various Weapons Seized Inside Car in Homs Terrorists on Friday committed heinous crime against four citizens in Deir Ezzor , filmed it to send the footage to the satellite channels involved in the shedding of the Syrian blood to accuse the army of killing them. An official source told SANA reporter that members of the armed terrorist groups "al-Modahameh (raid) battalion" and "al-Hamzeh bin Abdul Mouttaleb battalion" killed former al-Baath Arab Socialist Party member Mohammad Rashid Rwaili, retired Captain Mahmoud Assani, Fouad Ajaj and Nidal Ajaj. The source added that the four citizens were killed because they refused to participate in the killing and sabotage acts committed by the terrorists in the city. Armed Forces Inflict Heavy Losses upon Terrorists in Deir Ezzor and its Countryside A unit of the Armed Forces clashed with an armed terrorist group in al-Jbeileh neighborhood, south to al-Fardows Mosque, and killed five terrorists. An official source in the province said that terrorist Yasin Abdullah was identified among the dead. The source added that the army unit clashed with another armed terrorist group in the same neighborhood, killing and injuring some of its members.Terrorist Bashar Hamid al-Balw was identified among the dead. Another unit of the armed forces confronted terrorists in Cinema Fouad street and killed a number of them, in addition to destroying a car carrying terrorists and weapons. In al-Bu Omar village in the countryside of Deir Ezzor, the Armed Forces targeted a gathering for terrorists, killing and injuring the majority of them. Terrorists Ahmad Ibrahim al-Jasem, Ali al-Samir and Subhi al-Hammoud were identified among the dead. Various Weapons Seized Inside Car in Homs The competent authorities on Friday seized a quantity of various weapons in a pickup car in the new al-Wa'er neighborhood in Homs. SANA correspondent quoted as source at the province as saying that the authorities suspected a parked car at the place with a forged plate. Upon inspecting the car, an RPG launcher, three automatic rifles, pump-action rifle, two sniper rifles, two PKC machineguns, 15 explosive devices, video camera and a quantity of ammunition were found inside the car. Engineering Units Dismantle 4 IEDs in Hama Authorities on Friday dismantled four explosive devices planted by terrorists affiliated to "Jabhat al-Nusra" terrorist organization in several areas in al-Ghab in Hama. An official source in the province told SANA reporter that the engineering units dismantled three explosive devices, weighing 35 kg each, on al-Raseef- Shabha- al-Azizyeh road in al-Jisr area, adding that a 30-kg explosive device was dismantled in al-Sqailbyeh area. In Hama city, terrorists blew up an explosive device planted behind Salaheddin Mosque in Janoub al-Malab area in the city. SANA reporter said that the explosion caused only material damage to the area. Authorities Seize Booby-Trapped Car in Idleb Authorities seized a stolen Hyundai car loaded with explosives at al-Qusour Street in Idleb city late Thursday. A source in the province told SANA that 30 kg of explosives were hidden in the car which was loaded with a number of explosive devices, adding that authorities dismantled the IEDs and confiscated the car. Three Citizens Martyred in Suicidal Attack in Idleb A suicide bomber detonated a booby-trapped car on Sirmeen-Idleb road on Friday, the car bomb resulted in the martyrdom of three citizens and the injury of many passers. An official source told SANA that three citizens were martyred and others were wounded, adding that several wounded persons are in critical condition. Terrorists Killed in Hama A unit of the Armed Forces killed a number of terrorists and injured others in al-Hewash village in al-Ghab area in the countryside of Hama. A source in the province told SANA reporter that terrorist Turki al-Sweileh, the leader of an armed terrorist group in the area, was killed. Syria Condemns Turkish Government's Demand to Deploy Patriot Missiles on Syrian-Turkish Borders The Syrian government condemns the Turkish government's provocative step manifested in demanding the deployment of NATO's Patriot missile system near the Syrian-Turkish borders, an official source at the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said on Friday. The source said that the move aims at deluding the public opinion and showing that there is danger coming from Syria. The source noted that Erdogan's government has mobilized units of the Turkish army to the Syrian-Turkish borders and opened the Turkish lands to train and arm thousands of Syrian and non-Syrian terrorists and allowing them to enter Syria. The source added that Erdogan's government alone is responsible for militarizing the border areas, escalating tension and harming the interests of the Syrian and Turkish peoples. The source said that Syria stresses to the Turkish people that there is no reason for tension as Syria respects the sovereignty of the Turkish lands and is keen on the interests of the Turkish people. The source highlighted that Syria seeks best relations with the Turkish neighboring people.
Nov 23, 2012 11:52 AM CST
So the numbers tell me that this is horrendous and EVERYBODY'S losing here.