'More than 150,000' killed in Syrian conflict

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More than 150,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011, The Syrian Observatory for Human rights said in a new figure released Tuesday.

The monitoring group said it had documented the deaths of 150,344 people, 51,212 of them civilians, including nearly 7,985 children, Al Arabiya reported.

The number also included 37,781 armed opposition members killed in fighting, including jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front.

Regime forces made up 58,480 of the new toll, including more than 35,000 soldiers had also been killed.

The Observatory added that 364 members of Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollha movement were killed.

The identities of 2,871 people remain unknown.

The conflict in Syria began in March 2011 when Bashar al-Assad's regime began to crack down on peaceful anti-government demonstrations which saw protestors killed. Part of the opposition took up arms and the conflict quickly spiral into a civil war.

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