6,000 died in Syria in March, deadliest month yet

11:42 AM, Apr 1, 2013   |    comments
In this photo provided by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian security agents carry a body following a huge explosion that shook central Damascus, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. A car bomb shook central Damascus on Thursday, exploding near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and the Russian Embassy, eyewitnesses and opposition activists said. (AP Photo/SANA)
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BEIRUT (AP) - A leading Syrian activist group says more than 6000 people were killed in the civil war in March, making it the deadliest month since the start of the conflict two years ago.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday that it recorded 6,005 deaths last month.

The anti-regime group reports on violence and documents deaths through a network of contacts in Syria.

The Observatory said the dead included 298 children, 291 women, 1,486 rebel fighters and army defectors and 1,464 government soldiers. The rest were unidentified civilians and fighters.

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