The armed conflict in Syria has claimed more than 350,000 lives between March 2011 and March 2021, the UN reported Friday.

Among them were more than 27,000 children.

Most deaths were in Aleppo (51,731), followed by the capital Damascus (47,483) and Idlib (33,271).

Since this concerns only the identifiable victims, the real number of deaths is undoubtedly higher, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said in Geneva.

"This figure of 350,209 is statistically justified, based on painstaking work," Bachelet said.

"It is certainly less than the actual number of deaths."

Six months ago, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an organization that documents the violence in Syria, counted 388,000 dead, including 117,000 civilians.

According to the UN, forces loyal to President Bashar Al Assad currently control about 70 percent of Syrian territory, an area where about 40 percent of the population lives.


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