The UN increases the official death toll from the war in Syria to more than 350,000

The war in Syria has so far left more than 350,000 dead, including more than 27,000 children, according to a new United Nations report that updates personal injury data for the first time since 2014 due to a conflict that dates back to March 2011, amid the Arab Spring.

The Human Rights Bureau has carried out a comprehensive analysis which, while statistically “conclusive”, is incomplete. “It points to a verifiable minimum number and undoubtedly underestimates the actual number of dead,” admitted High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet on Friday, who also wanted to commemorate the victims “without witnesses or documents” in order to support them.

Indeed, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, based in London but with informants in Syria, raised the death toll from the conflict to 606,000 in early June, of which 495,000 were “documented” by the organization.

The UN increases the official death toll from the war in Syria to more than 350,000
The UN increases the official death toll from the war in Syria to more than 350,000

The latest United Nations report, published in August 2014, reported 191,369 deaths. In March 2021, however, the number rose to 350,209, including 26,727 women and 27,126 children, according to the UN report, which classifies Aleppo as the region with the most deaths (51,731) before rural Damascus (47,483). and Homs (40,986).

This “complex” analysis only takes into account the identifiable victims, the date and place of death, especially in order to avoid duplication.

“Behind the registered death stands a person who was born free and equal, with dignity and rights. We have to make the stories of the victims visible both individually and collectively, because the injustice and horror of each of these deaths should be.” to act, “admonished Bachelet.

The United Nations also hopes to complete its analysis to determine, for example, which belligerent party is responsible for each death, which weapons were used, or whether they are civilians or people more or less involved in the open conflict between forces loyal to the regime are from Bashar al-Assad and the rebel and terrorist groups.

“This will take more time and resources,” warned Bachelet, who is confident that this work can also be completed with the search for missing people. The High Commissioner has called for an independent missing person mechanism to be set up to enable human remains to be identified and to assist families.

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