WASHINGTON — With each passing day, more Syrians are dying on both sides of the civil war and includes innocent civilians. Thousands have fled and are refugees in neighboring Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. As Reuters reports, the death toll continues to climb.
The United Nations said that the death toll has reached at least 93,000 since the end of April, but they acknowledge that it could be much higher due to reporting discrepancies. Each month, at least 5,000 people have died in the war and the Damascus and Aleppo regions have reported the highest number of deaths since last November.
The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said, “This extremely high rate of killings, month after month, reflects the drastically deteriorating pattern of the conflict over the past year”.
The U.N. had previously reported up to 80,000 have been killed in the war so far, which started when Syrians rose up against the Bashar al-Assad regime and pushed for a change in government. The civil war erupted as Assad tried to quell the opposition and has led to prolonged civil war.
But this has not been the first time that the U.N. has waded into the civil war conflict, warning both sides about border clashes near Qusair and pleading with the West to intervene to alleviate civilian suffering.
Iran and Russia have openly supported Assad, while the U.S. is considering whether to arm the Syrian rebels. The European Union ended their arms embargo, which will allow EU members to ship arms to Syrian rebels, which Russia said would start an “arms race“.
Turkey smuggles weapons to the rebels across their border, while Lebanon’s porous border allows Hezbollah to aid and fight with Assad’s government forces. Hezbollah crushed a protest outside the Iranian embassy and killed at least one unarmed protester.
Israel vowed it will stay out of the civil war and has ordered air strikes on Syrian positions close to the Golan Heights and at another military facility. Jordan has closed a prominent border crossing in the meantime.