More than 17,000 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Syria since the uprising began in March 2011 against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, according to revised figures announced by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, (OSDH) on Monday .
The OSDH, based in London, has a network of activists on the ground in Syria, which establish the balance sheets and identify abuses through testimonies, field investigations, videos.
According to the OSDH, there since the beginning of the uprising which killed 17,129 11,897 civilians, 4,348 soldiers and 884 army deserters. The local coordinating committees, another militant network, for their part reported 14,841 civilians killed. These balances can not be verified from independent sources, because of travel restrictions imposed by the Syrian authorities to journalists.