Grim New Number for Syria: 92,901

UN says that's the number of documented dead
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2013 6:02 AM CDT
Updated Jun 13, 2013 7:59 AM CDT
Grim New Number for Syria: 92,901
This Wednesday, June 5, 2013, file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA shows a damaged building in the town of Qusair, near the Lebanese border, in Homs province, Syria.   (AP Photo/SANA, File)

The United Nations' human rights office released a grim number today: 92,901 confirmed killed in Syria between March 2011 and April 2013. Even worse: The actual number is probably much higher, the AP reports. At least 6,561 children are among the dead, 1,729 of them under age 10. "There are also well-documented cases of individual children being tortured and executed, and entire families including babies being massacred," the top human rights official says.

"The constant flow of killings continues at shockingly high levels, with more than 5,000 killings documented every month since last July," the official continues. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reports that a top rebel commander has pleaded with the White House to send weapons, asserting that the rebels "cannot hold on to Aleppo without" them; he claims Assad's forces are gathering in parts of the city for a possible attack, on the heels of this regime victory. (More Syria stories.)

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