Tue, 26 Oct 2021

GENEVA, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations (UN) presented a report on Friday to the ongoing 48th session of the Human Rights Council, according to which 350,209 identified individuals were killed in the conflict in Syria between March 2011 to March 2021.

Michelle Bachelet, the UN's high commissioner for human rights, told the Council that this assessment was based on her office's own data, records maintained by civil society organizations and information from the Syrian government.

She explained that the numbers include only those people identifiable by full name, with an established date of death and who had died in an identified governorate.

"Any information that did not include these three elements had been excluded, and an exhaustive review had been carried out to prevent duplicate records," she said.

According to Bachelet, among the 350,209 identified individuals killed in the conflict, over one in every 13 was a woman and almost one in every 13 was a child.

Bachelet stressed that the killings may have had even more victims, but that has yet to be fully documented.

The armed conflict in Syria broke out in 2011 and quickly turned into a full-fledged war. Over the past years, the delegations of the Syrian government and the opposition have held several rounds of peace talks in Geneva, but they have yet to find a solution.

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