Robert M. Danin

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Syria By the Numbers VI

by Robert M. Danin
A man reacts at a site hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar al-Assad in Masaken Hanano in Aleppo February 6, 2014 (Katan/Courtesy Reuters). A man reacts at a site hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar al-Assad in Masaken Hanano in Aleppo February 6, 2014 (Katan/Courtesy Reuters).

Last month, the United Nations announced that it had stopped updating its official death toll from Syria’s conflict due to an inability to verify sources. The UN’s last estimate of over 100,000 people killed was released in late July 2013.

Here at Middle East Matters, I have continued to compile data from Syria’s brutal conflict. Our sources include the Violations Documentation Center in Syria (VDC), the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), and the Syrian Revolution Martyr Database, as well as refugee numbers from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Read more »

Syria by the Numbers V

by Robert M. Danin
Sawssan Abdelwahab, who fled Idlib in Syria, walks with her children outside the refugees camp near the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern city of Yayladagi (Bensemra/Courtesy Reuters). Sawssan Abdelwahab, who fled Idlib in Syria, walks with her children outside the refugees camp near the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern city of Yayladagi (Bensemra/Courtesy Reuters).

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced today that more than two million refugees have fled the violence in Syria since the beginning of the conflict in March 2011. Antonio Guterres, UN high commissioner, said that, “Syria has become the great tragedy of this century.” He further noted that the crisis is rapidly accelerating; the first million refugees fled over the course of two years, but the second million have mostly fled in the past six months. Read more »

Syria by the Numbers IV

by Robert M. Danin
Relatives of 55-year-old Kemal Baz, a victim of a car bomb attack, lower his coffin into a grave in the town of Reyhanli in Hatay province near the Turkish-Syrian border May 15, 2013 (Bektas/Courtesy Reuters).. Relatives of 55-year-old Kemal Baz, a victim of a car bomb attack, lower his coffin into a grave in the town of Reyhanli in Hatay province near the Turkish-Syrian border May 15, 2013 (Bektas/Courtesy Reuters)..

The total number of Syrians killed, exiled, or displaced by the brutal war there has increased dramatically in the nearly seven months since Middle East Matters bimonthly tracking of these statistics. Since then, the death toll has more than doubled and the number of Syrian refugees has more than quadrupled. To see just how dramatically the war has affected the Syrian people in the last half year, you can compare the figures below with the corresponding statistics for the months June 2012 here, August 2012 here, and October 2012 here. The overall figures from Syria’s conflict below really speak for themselves. Read more »

Syria by the Numbers III*

by Robert M. Danin
Relatives carry the coffin of a victim during a funeral procession at a cemetery in the border town of Akcakale on October 4, 2012 (Stringer/Courtesy Reuters). Relatives carry the coffin of a victim during a funeral procession at a cemetery in the border town of Akcakale on October 4, 2012 (Stringer/Courtesy Reuters).

Length of Conflict

19 month

Deaths

Total opposition deaths: 29,23435,323
Civilan: 25,66032,419
Children: 2,7482,818
Opposition military: 2,904 – 3,574 Read more »

Syria by the Numbers II

by Robert M. Danin
A man writes names on fresh graves of people whom activists say were killed by forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar al-Assad, after their funeral at the Qusseer neighbourhood of Homs on July 19, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters). A man writes names on fresh graves of people whom activists say were killed by forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar al-Assad, after their funeral at the Qusseer neighbourhood of Homs on July 19, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters).

Length of Conflict

17 months

Deaths

Total opposition deaths: 17,778 - 22,601
Civilians: 16,03220,958
Children: 1662 - 1754
Opposition military: 16431746 Read more »

Syria by the Numbers

by Robert M. Danin
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). 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

Deaths

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 Read more »