01/02/2015, 00.00
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Death toll in Syria and Iraq more than double in 2014

More than 90,000 people were killed last year: more than 76,000 in Syria and 15,000 in Iraq. However, activists say the actual figure is likely much higher because of the lack of verifiable statistics from areas under the control of the Islamic State.

Beirut (AsiaNews) - Data from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Iraqi government indicate that 2014 was particularly deadly year with more than 90,000 people killed, more twice the number of 2013.

In Syria, where just under half of the 76,021 people killed were civilians, the 2014 death toll was more than double that of 2013, which stood at 33,278.

In August, the United Nations estimated the total number of people killed since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011 at 191,000. However, local sources say the actual figure is much higher.

In Iraq, the Interior Ministry reported on Thursday that figures compiled by the country's Health, Interior and Defence ministries put the number of people killed in Iraq in 2014 at 15,538. This figure is double the 6,522 people reported killed in 2013.

In both Syria and Iraq, the real death toll is likely far higher, particularly given the lack of verifiable statistics coming out of areas under ISIS's control.


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