Rights group: More than 4,000 Syrians killed in November 2015

DAMASCUS, Syria, A human rights monitoring group said more than 4,000 people — including 1,053 civilians — were killed across Syria in November 2015.

A member of the Free Syrian Army runs for cover against Syrian military positions in Aleppo, Syria, on Sept. 8, 2012. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Dec. 1, 2015, reported more than 4,000 people were killed across Syria in November 2015. File photo by Ahmad Deeb/ UPI | License Photo
A member of the Free Syrian Army runs for cover against Syrian military positions in Aleppo, Syria, on Sept. 8, 2012. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Dec. 1, 2015, reported more than 4,000 people were killed across Syria in November 2015. File photo by Ahmad Deeb/ UPI | License Photo.

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based activist organization monitoring the conflict in Syria, on Tuesday released a report tallying 4,182 deaths across the country last month.

The figure includes 198 children, 116 women and 34 unidentified victims.

More than 600 Syrian military personnel were killed, as well as hundreds more fighters aligned with President Bashar al-Assad, including 515 militiamen and volunteers with the National Defense Forces, 99 Shia paramilitaries and nine Lebanese Hezbollah fighters.

More than 1,200 non-Syrian militants with the Islamic State, al-Qaida’s Nusra Front and other Islamist factions were killed, while at least 618 Syrian Kurds with the YPG — along with other U.S.-backed rebel groups — were also among the dead.

The United Nations estimates at least 250,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict, which began after a deadly crackdown ordered by Assad against Arab Spring protesters in 2011 devolved into a fragmented civil war between moderate rebel groups, Islamic extremists and the Syrian military.

The United States has led an international air campaign against IS in Syria since September 2014, and Russia began conducting airstrikes on behalf of Assad, its regional ally, on Sept. 30 — enabling pro-government forces to launch countrywide counter-attacks against positions lost to insurgents throughout the year.

By Fred Lambert

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