Johannesburg: Over 32 000 people, most of them civilians, have been killed in Syria since the beginning of the uprising to oust President Bashar-al Assad's government, a monitoring group has claimed.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that some 1 000 people have been killed in the past week alone, as violence escalates across the country.
"At least 22 980 civilians, 7 884 soldiers and 1 215 defectors have been killed in violence in Syria," news24 quoted Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman, as saying.
September saw at least 4 727 people killed, including 305 on the 26th - the bloodiest single day since the conflict began, said the Observatory.
According to the report, the highest monthly toll came in August, when the watchdog recorded 5 440 deaths.
The Observatory's civilian toll includes non-military defectors who have taken up arms against Assad's regime.
The tallies, however, do not include the many unidentified victims of the bloody conflict, nor do they account for thousands of people missing and thought to be in detention, the report said.