U.N.’s Syria death toll jumps dramatically to 60,000-plus

Originally posted on vineoflife.net:

By Joe Sterling and Salma Abdelaziz,CNN

updated 7:40 AM EST, Thu January 3, 2013

Read a version of this story in Arabic.

(CNN) — The overall death toll in devastated Syria has surpassed an estimated 60,000 people, the United Nations said Wednesday, a dramatic figure that could skyrocket as the civil war persists.

To put it in perspective: 60,000 people is roughly the population of Terre Haute, Indiana; or Cheyenne, Wyoming. It’s how many people would fit in Dodger Stadium, and it’s more than the 50,000-plus U.S. combat deaths in Vietnam.

The figure is about 15,000 higher than the death toll CNN had cited from a collection of sources.

It’s “truly shocking” and shameful, said U.N. High Commissioner for Human RightsNavi Pillay, who blamed the international community for inaction.

“Collectively we have fiddled at the edges while Syria burns,” she said. “While many details remain…

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