United Nations – UN: Syria Death Toll Approaching 70,000

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FILE -  A counter-demonstrator makes his opinion known close to a demonstration in support of the Syrian regime at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, 10 February 2013.  EPA/WOLFGANG KUMMUnited Nations – U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay says the number of people killed in Syria’s civil war is probably now approaching 70,000.

Less than six weeks ago, Pillay said the death toll had exceeded 60,000, a figure she called “truly shocking.”

But she told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that there have probably been almost 10,000 new deaths in recent weeks.

Pillay said the council’s deep division and inaction over the nearly two-year-old Syrian conflict “has been disastrous, and civilians on all sides have paid the price.”

She again urged the council to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court.


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