The funeral of soldiers reportedly killed in fighting across Syria, in Damascus Sunday
A picture released by official the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows the funeral procession of soldiers reportedly killed in fighting across the country at a hospital in Damascus on May 27. More than 13,000 people have been killed in Syria since an anti-regime revolt broke out in March 2011, Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP on Sunday. © - AFP/SANA
The funeral of soldiers reportedly killed in fighting across Syria, in Damascus Sunday
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Last updated: May 27, 2012

More than 13,000 killed in Syria since March 2011, says NGO

More than 13,000 people have been killed in Syria since an anti-regime revolt broke out in March 2011, Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP on Sunday.

"In total, 13,004 people were killed," Abdel Rahman said, adding that 9,183 of them were civilians.

Another 3,072 were regime troops and 749 were army defectors, he added, noting that civilians who had taken up arms during the increasingly militarised revolt were being counted under the category of "civilians."

The violence has been relentless despite an April 12 ceasefire brokered by UN-Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan.

"Since the ceasefire came into effect, 1,881 people have been killed," said Abdel Rahman, referring to clashes between rebels and regime troops, repression by government forces and bomb attacks.

The Observatory's latest figures were published a day after at least 92 people, a third of them children, were killed in Houla, a town in the flashpoint central province of Homs.

Abdel Rahman said the international community had to "react" to the burgeoning violence and said the UN observer mission deployed under Annan's peace plan had arrived too late at Houla despite being warned of the violence.

"Why didn't the UN observers go to the site as soon as the attack was announced?" he asked. "If the world does not react after the Houla massacre, that would be a catastrophe."

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