More than 80,000 dead since start of Syrian conflict, opposition says

Cairo, May 12 (EFE).- More than 80,000 people have died since the start of the conflict in Syria in March 2011, according to figures released Sunday by the London-based Syrian Human Rights Observatory.

The organization said in a statement that it compiled the death toll starting with the first fatality in the southern province of Deraa on March 18, 2011, up through May 11, 2013.

The Observatory said that among the dead are 47,389 civilians who have been identified, of whom 4,788 were minors and 3,048 were women.

In addition, 14,840 rebel combatants have lost their lives, including soldiers who deserted from the armed forces of President Bashar al-Assad, as well as 16,729 members of the regime's military.

To these figures, the group says, must be added 4,215 people who have died but were unable to be identified, although their deaths were confirmed via photographs and videotapes.

Also, the Observatory calculates that during the more than two years of the internal conflict some 12,000 pro-government militia members have been killed.

The organization said that the figures do not include the more than 10,000 prisoners and people who have disappeared in detention centers run by the Syrian authorities or the 2,500 regime loyalists captured by the opposition.

The group did not rule out that the death toll among both the rebels and the regime's troops could be double the figure it provided due to the great secrecy practiced by both sides when it comes to counting their own and the enemy's casualties.

On Feb. 12, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, said that approximately 70,000 people had died since the start of the Syrian conflict and demanded once again that the case be taken before the International Criminal Court.