"Senseless Carnage:" Syrian War Death Toll Nears 100,000

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"Senseless Carnage:" Syrian War Death Toll Nears 100,000

  • 06/18/2013 08:13 AM EDT World

It's a shocking statistic, even coming out of a situation as troubling as that in Syria: In the country's 2-year civil war, there have been 92,901 documented  killings. The number comes from a report issued by the UN's Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay. Pillay says that civilians have borne the brunt of the violence. 

The number dead includes 6,500 children, and according to Pillay, the reported numbers are likely lower than the actual body count. The report described as "senseless carnage." 

And, the bloodshed isn't showing down -- in fact, it's increased since December of 2012. In the first six months of this year, 27,000 people have died.

The Syrian War began in March of 2011 when Bashar al-Assad, Syria's president cracked down on a peaceful protest. Over the next months, the situation devolved into what's now become a full-fledged civil war.