According to data released Sunday by the Al-Marsad humanitarian organization in Syria, some 210,000 people have been killed in Syria since civil war broke out there in 2011. At least 2 million people have been injured, and 1.5 million have been left disabled in some way because of the war. 10,664 children and 6,783 women have been killed.
Of those killed, 35,827 were among the rebels, and 45,385 were supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The figures presented by the organization are 85,000 higher than what either the rebels or the Syrian government has admitted to.
Of the fighters killed on either side, 24,989 were non-Syrians – with 640 belonging to Hezbollah.
Earlier Sunday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said Hezbollah would eventually succeed in establishing itself on the Syrian side of the Golan border, expanding its front against Israel from Lebanon to Syria. “the efforts of Israel to create a buffer zone on the Golan will not succeed, thanks to the 'popular uprising.' It will fail as the attempt to keep Hezbollah away from the Lebanese border failed,” al-Muallem was quoted by Iran's al-Alam television as saying.
Israel can attack all it wants, said al-Muallem, but in the end, the “popular opposition” – generally used as a code word for terror groups, in this case Hezbollah – would eventually win out. “There is an effort by the Syrian army and the popular opposition to keep out the al-Nusra terror group, which is affiliated with Al-Qaeda in Syria,” he said. “Israel's plan is to help them. Syria's alliance with Hezbollah in the effort against terror in Syria was one of the group's smartest decisions.”