Death toll of Syrian civil war tops 100,000, group says
More than 100,000 people have been killed in Syria's 27-month conflict, an activist group said Wednesday, dpa reported.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had documented the death of 100,191 people, including 50,200 civilians, in the country since March 2011.
The dead also included 25,407 government troops and 169 fighters with the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The Observatory noted that the real death toll could be twice its estimate, because of what it called the "extreme secrecy" both sides in the conflict maintain on their casualties.
The United Nations earlier this month estimated that at least 93,000 had been killed in Syria's conflict.
In neighbouring Lebanon, ten people, including five Syrians, were wounded Wednesday in a stabbing attack in eastern Beirut, security officials said.
The incident occurred in the Jisr al-Wati area, where unidentified men intercepted a van carrying the victims, who were on their way to participate in a television show, the officials said.
The motive for the attack was not immediately clear.
Lebanon has repeatedly experienced spillover from Syria's conflict. Deadly clashes have erupted in the country in recent months between backers and opponents of the Syrian regime.