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UN: death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000

Islamic militants have crushed a tribal uprising against their rule in eastern Syria. (Abid Katib, Getty Images/file)
Islamic militants have crushed a tribal uprising against their rule in eastern Syria. (Abid Katib, Getty Images/file)
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Updated: 8/22 6:24 am

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations says the death toll from Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people killed between March 2011 and April 2014.

The figure is the first issued by the U.N.'s human rights office since July 2013, when it documented more than 100,000 killed.

The U.N.'s top human rights official, Navi Pillay, who oversees the Geneva-based office, said Friday the new figures are so much higher because they include additional killings from earlier periods, as well as deaths since the last report.

 

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