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Over 60 000 dead in Syria conflict: UN

Geneva - At least 60 000 people have died in Syria's conflict, U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay said on Wednesday, citing an “exhaustive” U.N.-commissioned study.

Over five months of analysis, researchers cross-referenced seven sources to compile a list of 59 648 individuals reported killed between March 15, 2011, and November 30, 2012.

Fresh graves of people killed by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. Credit: REUTERS

“Given there has been no let-up in the conflict since the end of November, we can assume that more than 60 000 people have been killed by the beginning of 2013,” Pillay said. “The number of casualties is much higher than we expected, and is truly shocking.” - Reuters

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