Beirut - At least 162 000 people have been killed in Syria's three-year-old conflict, a monitoring group said on Monday, and thousands more are missing after being captured by President Bashar al-Assad's forces and rebels trying to overthrow him.
The pro-opposition, British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said losses among fighters on the government side were higher than those among pro-rebel groups, and estimated that at least 54 000 civilians had been killed since the conflict began.
It estimated 62 800 deaths among the army, pro-Assad Syrian militia, Lebanese Hezbollah fighters and other foreign Shi'a gunmen.
That compared with 42 700 people who had died on the rebel side, including fighters from al-Qaeda's Nusra Front, other Islamist brigades, and soldiers who defected from Assad's army.
Nearly 3 000 people of unknown identity or affiliation had been killed, it said.