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Syria sees its deadliest week yet with at least 1,600 casualties

Syria has experienced both its deadliest week and month this August, with a death toll of around 5,000 for the month.

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Bodies of people killed by Syrian security forces during protests in Daraa city, stored in a mobile refrigerator, May 4, 2011. (Screengrab)

Syria has experienced its deadliest seven-day period yet since its 18-month conflict over dictator Bashar al-Assad began, with over 1,600 casualties this week. 

UNICEF's Patrick McCormick said the death toll included children, as reports of another 103 dead surfaced on Sunday, CNN reported

August was also the country's bloodiest month so far, as almost 5,000 people died in August, according to the Center of Documentation of Violation in Syria. 

Last week alone, Syrian rebels and activists reported a massacre of between 300 and 600 people in the Damascus suburb of Daraya by government forces, the Associated Press reported

As the AP pointed out: 

The civil war witnessed a major turning point in August when Assad's forces began widely using air power for the first time to crush the revolt. The fighting also reached Syria's largest city, Aleppo, which had been relatively quiet for most of the 17-month-old revolt.

However, McCormick did not explain how he arrived at the figure, and the death tolls in the region are difficult to verify, CNN reported. 

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/120902/syria-sees-its-deadliest-week