Syria’s war toll 60,000, U.N. says

Official: Figure ‘truly shocking’

Posted: January 3, 2013 at 1:48 a.m.

Syrian rebels gather around a fire as they plan patrols in the Saif al-Dawlah neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. The United Nations estimated Wednesday that more than 60,000 people have been killed in Syria's 21-month-old uprising against authoritarian rule, a toll one-third higher than what anti-regime activists had counted. The U.N. human rights chief called the toll "truly shocking." (AP Photo/Andoni Lubaki)

More than 60,000 people have died in Syria’s 22-month-old civil war, the United Nations’ human rights chief Navi Pillay said Wednesday, expressing dismay at the findings of an analysis that far exceeds previous estimates of casualties.

Mass casualties in Syria after blast in capital

Airstrikes smashed towns and villages across Syria on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, according to activists, contributing to the rising number of dead that new U.N. figures estimate to have exceeded 60,000. (By The Associated Press)
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