Last updated: 7 March, 2012

Syria death toll almost at 8,500

The death toll in Syria since protests erupted against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad last March has reached 8,458, a rights group said on Wednesday.

The toll consists of 6,195 civilians, 1,835 soldiers and police, and 428 rebel troops, the head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdel Rahman, told AFP.