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    UN: Syria Death Toll at 60K

    Image #: 16366777    epa03042377 A handout photo released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syrians performing funeral prayers next to flag-draped coffins with the bodies of victims killed in a suicide attack a day earlier, during funeral processions at Umayyad Mosque, in Damascus, Syria, 24 December 2011. According to SANA, 44 people were killed and 166 injured in a twin suicide blast a day earlier targeting intelligence agencies in Damascus. Syria held al-Qaida responsible for the bombings, the first in Damascus since the eruption of unrest in mid-March.  EPA/SANA/HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES /LANDOV

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    The United Nations released an estimate Wednesday that roughly 60,000 people have been killed in the ongoing Syrian civil war since it began March 2011. The new count is a third higher than other estimates by anti-regime activists, which are closer to 45,000. The number was reviewed independently, and compared death tolls from multiple sources. "The number of casualties is much higher than we expected, and is truly shocking," U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a statement. "Collectively, we have fiddled at the edges while Syria burns." Earlier today, dozens were killed after Syrian warplanes bombed a gas station near Damascus.

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