Over 60,000 dead in Syria government jails during conflict: Monitor
May 22, Damascus: A monitoring group says more than 60,000 people have been killed or died in dire humanitarian conditions inside Syrian government prisons throughout the country's five-year conflict.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday that the numbers were obtained from Syrian government sources.
Rami Abdel Rahman of the Observatory said since March 2011, at least 60,000 people lost their lives to torture or to horrible conditions, notably the lack of medication or food, in regime prisons.
Though the Syrian conflict started with popular protests against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, it quickly became a civil war between the government and rebel groups.
The United Nations special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura recently estimated that 400,000 people had died throughout the last five years. The number was his personal estimate and not an official UN statistic.
The Oslo Times