Syrian civil war death toll approaches 93,000, U.N. official says

( The death toll from the Syrian civil war continues to rise with no end in sight, with 92,901 killings documented through the end of April.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian civil war's death toll has approached 93,000. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. 

“The constant flow of killings continues at shockingly high levels,” U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a statement, the New York Times reported.

There have been “more than 5,000 killings documented every month since last July, including a total of just under 27,000 new killings since Dec. 1,” Pillay’s statement added.

Pillay also said that her estimates are conservative and that the number of deaths from the Syrian civil war “is potentially much higher.”

The Syrian civil war, which began as peaceful protests against the government of President Bashar al-Assad more than 26 months ago, has largely spiraled into a widespread sectarian conflict between the Shi’a-aligned Syrian government, aided by Iran and Hezbollah, and the Sunni-aligned Syrian opposition, aided by Turkey, Arab Gulf states and Islamic extremists.

Posted on June 13, 2013 .