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Syria Arab Republic, May 21, 2014

Syria death toll rises to more than 162,000

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented the death of 162,402 persons as of 18/03/2011which witnessed the fall of the first martyr in Dera'a, and until 31/03/2014.

The casualties are as follows:
Civilians: 80,836 civilians including 8,607 children and 5,586 women
Rebel and islamic fighters: 26,858

Defected soldiers and officers: 2,314
Arab, European, Asian, American and Australian fighters from the ISIS, al-Nusra front, Junoud al-Sham battalion, Jund al-Aqsa battalion, Jund al-Sham movement and al-Khadra' battalion: 13,529
Regular soldiers and officers: 37,685
Combatants from popular defence committees, national defence forces, shabiha, pro-regime informers and the "Syrian resistance to liberate the Sanjak of Alexandretta": 23,485
Arab and Asian pro-regime militants: 1224
Fighters from Hezbollah : 438
Unidentified casualties (documented by pictures and footages): 2,891

It is worth noting that the numbers do not include more than 18,000 detainees in regime prisons and thousands of those who disappeared during regime raids and massacres. It also doesn't include more than 8,000 regular soldiers and pro-regime militants and hundreds of "regime supporters" captured by the ISIS, islam fighters, al-Nusra front and rebel fighters and hundreds of those kidnapped by pro-regime militants.

The numbers also do not include more than 1500 fighters from the YPG, ISIS, al-Nusra front, islamic battalions and rebel battalions who were kidnapped during clashes between the mentioned sides.

We in the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimate the real number of non-Syrian casualties from the ISIS, al-Nusra front, islamic factions, Jund al-Aqsa battalion, Junoud al-Sham, al-Katiba al-Khadra', Jund al-Sham, rebel battalions, regular forces and pro-regime militants to be approximately 70,000 more than the documented number due to the extreme discretion by all sides on the human losses caused by the conflict and due to the difficulty of communication in Syria.

Despite our loss of hope in an international community capable and willing to put an end to the ongoing atrocities in Syria, we in the Syrian Observatory call upon all sides that claim to defend the freedoms of the people and their rights, to take a serious and responsible stance in order to end the bloodshed in Syria amid the increasing violence and the escalating number of casualties.

We also call upon all sides to support the Syrian people in their aspirations towards freedom, equality and democracy and to exert all effort in guaranteeing that the perpetrators and their wrongdoings will not go unpunished, through the International Criminal Court or through establishing a special court for Syria.

After the failure of referring cases of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Syria to the International criminal court because of the Russian-Chinese veto in the security council, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights renews its call to all international sides to establish a special court for Syria. We in the Syrian Observatory demand the punishment of all perpetrators, instigators, collaborators and all individuals and sides who used the Syrian blood as a political card and a means to to carry out their personal agendas, as well as those who transformed a revolution for dignity to a sectarian and ethnic civil war.