Civilian Death Toll In Syria Rises To More Than 9,000

More than 9,000 civilians have been killed in Syria over the past year according to new figures released by the U.N. today. “Credible estimates put the total death toll since the beginning of the uprising one year ago to more than 9,000,” Robert Serry, the U.N. special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, told the Security Council. “It is urgent to stop the fighting and prevent a further violent escalation of the conflict.” Serry urged the Syrian government to follow the new six-point peace plan announced by U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan earlier Tuesday. If followed by the government, the peace plan may lead to a cessation of violence and the start of a political process between the government and opposition groups.