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More than 76,000 killed in Syria's deadliest year yet

A Syrian civilian mourns over the grave of his son, one of the 200,000 people who have died since the start of the civil war in March 2011More than 76,000 people were killed in Syria’s brutal conflict in 2014, making it the bloodiest year since the country’s war erupted in March 2011, a monitoring group said Thursday. The almost four-year-old conflict shows no sign of abating, with President Bashar al-Assad making a rare public appearance on a front line for New Year’s Eve to bolster the morale of soldiers and pro-government fighters. It controls a swathe of territory in both Syria and neighbouring Iraq, where government figures showed at least 15,000 people were killed in 2014. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, recorded 76,021 deaths in Syria last year.

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