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UN reports rapid increase in Syria death toll

UN reports rapid increase in Syria death toll
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The uprising in Syria is accelerating and the death toll is greater than earlier thought – that is the finding of the UN’s human rights chief in a report to the Security Council. Navi Pillay says some 5,000 people are now believed to have died, a thousand more than the toll estimated by the world body 10 days ago.

In her report Pillay said the killings amounted to crimes against humanity, and should be treated as such by the International Criminal Court.

Commenting on the findings, Britain’s UN ambassador, Mark Lyall Grant, said: “She made very clear in her statement where she got the 5,000 figure from and that did include some members of the Syrian army who had been shot by their own people for refusing to obey orders to fire on innocent civilian protesters, but it did not include members of the Syrian armed forces who had been killed.”

The Syrian government has said more than 1,100 members of its security services have been killed.

Amateur video of the violence continues to emerge on a daily basis.

The upsurge in the death toll is likely to increase pressure on Russia and China to end their opposition to international intervention to stop the bloodshed.