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More than 150,000 killed in Syria conflict : NGO

Beirut, Apr 2 (): In the three-year conflict still on in Syria, more than 150,000 people have been killed and more than a half million wounded and has moved millions of people and shattered the economy of the country.

A monitoring group called the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights released a new toll on Tuesday that said it had registered the deaths of 150,344 people, out of which 51,212 people were civilians, together with 7,985 children.

In the fighting, 37,781 followers of the armed opposition had been killed, said the monitoring group, the number also includes jihadists from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front.

Totally 58,480 government forces, comprising of more than 35,000 armed forces had also been killed.

The UN now finds the Syrians as the world’s largest immigrant population, with UN High Commissioner for Refugees stating that 2.6 million Syrians have been listed as refugees in the neighbouring countries in the Middle East.

Lebanon has more than 992,000 Syrian refugees. Moreover, Jordan has 588,979 refugees, Turkey has 667,496, Iraq has 221,791 and Egypt has 135,000, the figures released by UN say. Another 6.5 million have been moved within Syria itself. The identities of 2,871 people are still unknown.

UN says the situation prevailing now in Syria is “critical”. Nearly 40% of the hospitals have been destroyed and some 20% of other hospitals are not functioning accurately. Syria’s economic yield has also dropped by about 45%, while currency of Syria has lost 80% of its value.

In mid-February, oil minister of Syria Suleiman al-Abbas said the oil production has jumped by 96% since the start of the uprising.

The Red Cross International Committee has cautioned the condition in Syria as “catastrophic”.

The fight in Syria started in 2011 March, when the regime of Bashar al-Assad started to crack down on the peaceful anti-government protests which saw demonstrators killed. Arms were taken by the opposition and the conflict spiralled into a civil war quickly.

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