Monitoring group: nearly 11,100 deaths in first half of 2015

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The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) monitoring group published a report on Wednesday placing the number of Syrian casualties during the first half of this year at nearly 11,100 individuals, not including regime casualties. Regime forces and its allies killed more than 8,500 people, only 19 percent of whom were combatants, the group said. Idlib province had the highest number of those killed by government forces. Kurdish People’s Protection Units also (YPG) killed nearly 70 civilians and an unknown number of combatants, while the Islamic State and Jabhat a-Nusra together killed nearly 1,500 people, 70 percent of them civilians. Other armed opposition forces killed more than 600 people, 96 percent of whom were civilians, although this number does not include regime forces killed because of difficulty in accessing accurate and verifiable statistics, SNHR said. Statistics for all of the groups included multiple cases of those killed under torture.