New report says Syrian war death toll reaches 470,000

Report by Syrian Center for Policy Research says Syrian war death toll has reached 470,000

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

The members of the civil defense team try to search casualties after the war crafts belonging to the Russian army carried out airstrikes on opposition controlled residential areas at the al Qallasa neighbourhood in Aleppo, Syria on February 4, 2016.

Updated Feb 13, 2016

The Syrian Center for Policy Research released a new report saying that 470,000 Syrians have been killed and 1,900,000 others injured, which made up nearly 11.5 percent of the Syrian population, in the five-year-old war.

Researchers said that the war-torn country’s infrastructure and health system were nearly decimated.

According to the report released on Thursday, 400,000 people were killed directly by the violence as another 70,000 lost their lives due to lack of food and medicine plus disease and sanitation problems.

The report has dwarfed the United Nations’ last death toll figures of 250,000.

The UN stopped gathering statistics about the casualties of Syrian conflict 18 months ago.

The report also said that life expectancy had dramatically dropped from 70 years in 2010 to 55.4 years in 2015.

Nearly half of population displaced

According to the report, 45 percent of the Syrian population had been displaced as they left their homes looking for safer places to live or better living conditions elsewhere, more than four million have become refugees in other countries and six million others were internally displaced.

The report also touched upon economic loses in Syria saying the war had cost $255 billion and that almost 13.8 million people had lost their livelihoods.

Syrian girl, whose home has been destroyed by the Russian airstrikes, cries as Russian airstrikes pound residential areas at opposition controlled Salihin neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria on February 8, 2016. (AA)

The overall poverty increased by 85 percent in 2015. Moreover, 69.3 percent of people are living in extreme poverty.

Health, educations and income standards have sharply deteriorated, the report said. Almost 45.2 percent of school-age children no longer attending school during the 2015-2016.

TRTWorld and agencies