Topic: Protests in Syria
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MOSCOW, January 2 (RIA Novosti) – At least 60,000 people have been killed in Syria’s conflict, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has said citing a new analysis released on Wednesday by the United Nations.
A total of 59,648 people were killed in Syria between March 15, 2011 and November 30, 2012, an exhaustive analysis carried out by data specialists on behalf of the UN Human Rights Office showed.
“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,” Pillay said.
Earlier reports said up to 30,000 people have been killed in the conflict between government forces and the opposition, which comprises groups of all stripes, from Communists and secular liberals to Islamist groups, including Al-Qaeda.
Western powers have insisted on President Bashar al-Assad’s departure before the formation of a new government of national unity while Russia insisted that the decision be left to the “Syrian people.”
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- Nico IIICarried out on behalf of the UN...00:57, 03/01/2013A report comprised almost entirely of opposition sources, paid for by the US State Department, both of whom whose interest it is to bloat casualty figures in order to facilitate intervention under the 'responsibility to protect'.
"A total of 59,648 people were killed.."
Given that the opposition can't decide on the number of casualties from a single incident, how is anybody supposed to believe this strangely precise figure of deaths in Syria over 18 months of conflict?
The shear level of propaganda that people are being subjected to is staggering. Even the UN Human Rights office has been reduced to a subservient mouthpiece of the the US Government. Where is its "exhaustive analysis" of US drone strikes and casualty numbers from 10 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan?
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