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Syria By the Numbers VII

May 23, 2014

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) recently announced that the death toll from Syria’s brutal conflict has exceeded 160,000 people. That figure marks an increase of more than 10,000 people killed in less than two months. At the beginning of April, SOHR had put the death toll at just over 150,000 people.

Here at Middle East Matters, we have continued to compile data from Syria’s brutal conflict. Our sources include the Violations Documentation Center in Syria (VDC), the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), and the Syrian Revolution Martyr Database, as well as refugee numbers from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

To see just how dramatically the war has affected the Syrian people since we started tracking the statistics two years ago, compare the figures below with the corresponding numbers for the months February 2014, September 2013, May 2013, October 2012, August 2012, and June 2012. The numbers are staggering.

Length of Conflict

38 months


Total estimated deaths: 162,402**

Total estimated opposition deaths: 96,621105,816

Total estimated regime deaths: 14,145

Civilian: 70,05683,145

Children: 11,23611,297

Opposition military: 22,67126,567

**Estimated deaths as of March 31, 2014, by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Deaths by Province

Rural Damascus: 22,16725,236

Aleppo: 18,92720,353

Homs: 13,02514,466

Idlib: 10,42611,096

Daraa: 8,7099,158

Damascus: 6,6667,952

Hama: 6,4237,121

Deir Ezzor: 5,7045,755

Al-Raqqa: 1,1261,465

Latakia: 9721065

Al-Hasakah: 683794

Tartous: 352527

Quneitra: 676722

Al-Suweida: 7477

UN Refugees – Registered or Waiting to be Registered

Total number of refugees registered or awaiting registration by the UN: 2,492,495

Total number of registered refugees: 2,805,715

Persons awaiting registration: 71,154


Total number of registered refugees: 717,909

Persons awaiting registration: 0


Total number of registered refugees: 596,062

Persons awaiting registration: 0


Total number of registered refugees: 1,077,704

Persons awaiting registration: 55,482


Total number of registered refugees: 223,113

Persons awaiting registration: 15,672


Total number of registered refugees: 137,560

Persons awaiting registration: 0

Internally Displaced Persons in Syria

6.5 million


Total funding requirements for 2014: $4,264,717,711

Total funded: $1,012,444,496

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