More than 60,000 killed in Syria conflict: UN

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More than 60,000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime erupted in March 2011, a top UN official said on Wednesday. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said an exhaustive analysis carried out by data specialists showed that 59,648 people had died through the end of November. “Given there has been no let-up in the conflict since the end of November, we can assume that more than 60,000 people have been killed by the beginning of 2013,” Pillay concluded in a statement. “The number of casualties is much higher than we expected, and is truly shocking,” she said. Pillay had said in December 2011 that the UN was unable to provide a precise figure on the number of deaths, and media have been relying on the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based watchdog, which on Monday had put the total number of those killed at more than 46,000.