Death toll up to 140,000 in Syria

By Alicia Mayle,

Protests against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad turned deadly when armed forces cracked down on the demonstrators. Now, more than 140,000 people, including 7,000 children, have been killed.

For the past month, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that the period has been the bloodiest of the nearly three-year conflict, which has turned into a civil war, according to Reuters.

United Nations mediator Lakhdar Brahimi apologized to Syrian civilians when the Geneva peace talks did not amount to much on Saturday, reports the Associated Press. Brahimi reassured the Syrian people that the government was committed to stopping the bloodshed.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights updated their death toll, and on Friday, nine children, five women, 82 rebels, 93 civilians, and 21 non-Syrians, along with many more were killed in clashes against the regime.

The United Nations has announced that they will stop updating their death toll because the amount of bloodshed on the ground is hard to keep track of.

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