Rights Group Says March Was The Deadliest Month In Syria’s Civil War

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday that more than 6,000 Syrians were killed in March, making it the deadliest month in the country’s two-year long civil war. Nearly one-third of those deaths were civilians.

The group — which opposes Bashar al-Assad and his regime — has documented more than 62,000 deaths (the United Nations’ most recent estimate is more than 70,000) but the group’s leader, Rami Abdelrahman, told Reuters that the number is “much, much higher.”

“We estimate it is actually around 120,000 people. Many death tolls are more difficult to document so we are not officially including them yet,” he said.

The BBC reported that, according to the group, the “victims included at least 291 women, 298 children, 1,486 rebel fighters and army defectors, and 1,464 government troops.”