Activists: 6,000 Killed in March in Syria

    In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian doctors treat a man who was wounded at the scene where two mortar rounds exploded near an orphanage, at al-Boukhtyar area, in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday March 13, 2013. The state-run SANA news agency said two mortar rounds exploded near an orphanage in al-Boukhtyar area, killing and wounding an unknown number of people. Syrian government troops fought fierce battles with rebels on Wednesday for control of key neighborhoods in the north of Damascus, residents and activists said. (AP Photo/SANA)

    Treating wounded in Damascus on March 13. (SANA/AP)

    A report by Syrian opposition on Tuesday claimed that 6,000 people were killed in Syria in March, making it one of the bloodiest months on record in the two-year civil war. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the number could be even higher, given how many deaths have gone unreported in the chaos. An estimated 1,486 of the deaths were rebels and Army defectors, 1,464 were government troops, and 2,080 were civilians, including 298 children and 291 women. Meanwhile, an opposition group said 15 people had been killed in fighting on Tuesday. Al Jazeera reported on Tuesday that the United Nations is considering deploying troops to Syria if President Bashar al-Assad is deposed. While the U.N. has always planned on playing a humanitarian role, this would be the first time it is considering being actively involved.

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