U.N: Syria Death Toll at 93,000

U.N Syria Death

At least 93,000 people have been killed in Syria since the bloody conflict began nearly two years ago, according to the U.N.

Syria’s been a bloody mess for a while now and things seem to be getting worse. The killings related to the country’s uprising against President Bashar al-Assad have risen sharply as the fighting turns increasingly sectarian. According to U.N’s human rights body, the death toll of 93,000 represents a rise of more than 30,000 since the U.N last issued figures covering the period through November 2012. So on average, people are dying in Syria at a rate of 5,000 per month.

Navi Pillay, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, said “The constant flow of killings continues at shockingly high levels” and the number 93,000 “is most likely a minimum casualty figure. The true number of those killed is potentially much higher.”

And who is bearing the brunt of the killings? Civilians! 80 per cent of the deaths were men and the U.N has documented 1,700 children under the age of 10 killed. Hold on – it gets worse. The U.N also reports that children are being used as sniper targets and human shields by booth Assad’s army and the rebels. The UN special representative on children in conflict said it had received “verified reports that Syrian children are killed or injured in indiscriminate bombings, shot by snipers, used as human shields or victims of terror tactics.” And to top it off, there are reports that the main rebel group is recruiting child soldiers between the ages of 15 and 17 and child detainees as young as 14 were tortured like adults.

Pillay said the killings of at least 6,561 minors, including at least 1,729 children under 10 years old were documented, and that there were “well-documented cases of individual children being tortured and executed, and entire families, including babies, being massacred — which, along with this devastatingly high death toll, is a terrible reminder of just how vicious this conflict has become.”

The solution?

“The only answer is a negotiated political solution. Tragically, shamefully, nothing will restore the 93,000 or more individual lives already lost.” Pillay said, urging the international community to help end the conflict.

And Pillay isn’t the only one nudging Obama to act. At a private event with Senator John McCain on Tuesday night, Bill Clinton called Barack Obama a total wuss for not intervening. Comparing Obama’s inaction with his own choice to intervene in Kosovo, Clinton said:

“You just think how lame you’d be… suppose I had let a million people, two million people be refugees out of Kosovo, a couple hundred thousand people die, and they say, ‘You could have stopped this by dropping a few bombs. Why didn’t you do it?’ And I say, ‘because the House of Representatives voted 75% against it?’ You look like a total wuss, and you would be.”

I guess now that Obama is no longer his wife’s boss, the bromance between them is over.

Via: The New York Times

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