Syria death toll plummets amid truce — monitor

The death toll in areas of Syria outside jihadist control has fallen sharply since a ceasefire went into effect over the weekend, a monitoring group says.

Twenty people were killed on Saturday, the first day of the truce, in areas where the Islamic State extremist group is not present, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The same number of people were killed on Sunday, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.

“To compare, 144 were killed — 70 soldiers, 36 civilians, and 38 rebels — on Friday, on the eve of the truce,” Abdel Rahman tells AFP.

The average daily death toll for February was 120, he adds.


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