Robert M. Danin

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Syria by the Numbers

by Robert M. Danin
June 6, 2012

People carry the body of men, whom activists say were killed by the Syrian government army, in Taftanaz village, east of Idlib city on April 5, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters).


Length of Conflict

15 months


Total opposition deaths: 12,36015,842
Opposition deaths since April 12 ceasefire: 2,391
Civilian: 11,40314,535
Children: 1,0121,178
Opposition military: 9571307
Regime military: 3,000

Deaths by Province

Homs: 5144 – 6,330
Idleb: 2245 – 2,794
Hama: 1942 – 1,803
Daraa: 1446 – 1,546
Rural Damascus: 1086 – 1,447
Deir Ezzor: 558 – 563
Damascus: 350 – 495
Aleppo: 479 -546
Latakia: 254 – 325
Hasaka: 57 – 103
Tartous: 66 – 70
Raqqa: 59 – 61
Qunaitera: 19 – 50
Swuaida: 6 – 14

(Sources: Syrian for Human Rights Network and Syrian Shuhada)


Total refugees assisted by the UN in Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq: 63,671-78,000
Refugees in Turkey: 26,281
Refugees in Jordan: 22,643
Refugees in Lebanon: 17,267
Refugees in Iraq: 4,549

Internally Displaced

Internally displaced Syrians before April 12 ceasefire: 200,000
Internally displaced Syrians today: 500,000


UN estimate on number of Syrians in need of “urgent” assistance: 1 million

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  • Posted by Citizen of the world

    Thank you; with daily news focusing on the ‘trees’, it’s easy to lose a sense of the ‘forest’.

    It would be helpful if you started with the size Syria’s population (and perhaps a comparable US state), to give people perspective on the numbers. For example:

    Total population: 22,530,746 (a little more than the state of New York)

    12-16,000 deaths in the U.S. would be a catastrophe, and it’s much more in a country like Syria

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