At least 1,900 killed in Syria since start of talks

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At least 1,900 people have been killed in Syria since the peace talks opened in Switzerland more than a week ago, according to a pro-opposition watchdog, dpa reported.

"The toll covers the period from January 22 until midnight of January 30," Rami Abdel-Rahman, the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said in a statement.

The dead included 498 civilians killed by airstrikes, shelling and sniper fire.

Some 72 more people have died from starvation due to the regime's siege of rebel-held areas in the outskirts of the capital Damascus, according to the Britain-based observatory.

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