Syrian conflict kills 894 people since Geneva peace talks

Since third peace talks conference was held in Geneva on January 29 between Syrian regime and opposition representatives to end war in Syria, more than 894 people have been killed due to conflict

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Children amid the ruins of a Russian strike in Douma, near Damascus.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Monday that more than 894 people have been killed due to the ongoing conflict in Syria since the last peace negotiations were held in Geneva on January 29 between the Syrian regime and rebels to end the war.

The death toll included 155 people who were killed in a series of bombings in the capital Damascus and the city of Homs, where DAESH claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Later on Monday, SOHR reported that the death toll of the Homs and Damascus attacks had risen to 190 people.

UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura, who is mediating the talks between the Syrian regime and opposition which was represented by the newly established High Negotiations Committee (HNC), said on Feb. 3 that the UN-sponsored peace talks have been suspended until Feb. 25.

De Mistura had designated several different dates for the beginning of the talks. He had initially said the talks would commence on Jan. 25, however he later changed this date to Jan. 29.

The continuous Russian bombardment of civilians and opposition forces have been strongly protested by the Syrian opposition.

HNC members indicated that the talks would serve no purpose if Syrian regime aggression backed by Russian air strikes continues.

De Mistura previously stated that the long-planned Geneva talks would be designed to last for six months beginning with proximity talks during which the respective UN officials would mediate between Syrian regime representatives and opposition members who would supposedly sit in separate rooms.

The war in Syria started in 2011 in the form of anti-government demonstrations, but descended into a civil war between five main factions - the regime, the opposition, Al Qaeda affiliate Nusra Front, DAESH terror organisation, and the YPG terrorists.

The UN estimates the death toll in Syria, since the war started as an uprise, to be at least 250,000, while the real number has now exceeded 400,000, according the report which were released by the Syrian Center for Policy Research on Feb. 10. 

A further estimate of 350,000 refugees have sought asylum in European Union countries since the war began in Syria in 2011.

About 4 million others took refuge in neighbouring countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt, with Turkey hosting the largest group with over 2 million.

Thousands are still pushing towards EU countries which has caused a global refugee crisis, urging for an immediate solution in Syria.

TRTWorld and agencies