As Syria’s civil war continues, the death toll has reached more than 160,000, including 8,600 children, and left millions homeless.
Christian Aid Ministries reports nine million Syrians have fled their homes, driven either by fear or the destruction of their houses. Over 2 million have escaped to neighboring countries leaving 6.6 million displaced inside Syria.
A result of the “Arab Spring,” the war pits the regime of Bashar al-Assad and his international supporters against the different factions that make up the domestic and anti-regime opposition groups from outside the region, including Sunni Muslims.
In June the United Nations stopped recording the number of those killed in the civil war because it could not longer verify its information.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documents the causalities as follows:
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 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
Publication date: May 19, 2014