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More than 300K killed in Syria civil war, rights group says

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WATCH: Syria’s 5-year OLD civil war has left hundreds of thousands dead and forced millions from their homes. A ceasefire is now in place, described by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as the last chance to save the country. Jeff Semple reports – Sep 12, 2016

A Syrian activist group that tracks the country’s civil war says more than 300,000 people have been killed so far in the conflict.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday that the dead include 59,000 government troops and more than 86,000 civilians. The rest include rebels, foreign fighters, Hezbollah militants, defectors from the Syrian army and others.

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The Observatory says its records show that since the crisis began in March 2011 and until a truce went into effect on Monday evening, 301,781 people have been killed in Syria.

The group says the real death toll could be 70,000 higher since many insurgent groups don’t announce their deaths and because there are other deaths that are not documented.

The latest death toll figure from the UN, which stopped tracking casualties in 2015, had said that 250,000 have been killed in Syria.

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