DAMASCUS – The year 2018 is the least deadly in Syria since the beginning of the conflict in March 2011, said Monday the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH).
"In 2018 we recorded the lowest annual death toll" since the beginning of the conflict, said OSDH director Rami Abdel Rahman.
He mentioned the figure of 19,666 people killed, including 6,349 civilians during the year.
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The year 2018 saw the Syrian government reconquer several fiefs of terrorist groups. It now controls nearly two-thirds of Syria, according to the OSDH.
The conflict in Syria killed more than 33,000 people in 2017, the Observatory recalls, while the year 2014 remains the deadliest, with more than 76,000 dead.
The conflict has claimed more than 360,000 lives since 2011 and millions of refugees and displaced Syrians.