BEIRUT - More than 6,200 people including hundreds of children have died in Syria's crackdown on an anti-government revolt, a human rights group said on Thursday.
Syria is facing increasingly fierce international condemnation for its handling of months of demonstrations against President Bashar Assad's rule, partly inspired by the "Arab Spring" uprisings that have swept across North Africa and the Middle East.
Syria says it is fighting foreign-backed "terrorists" and on Thursday announced that more than 2,000 of its security forces have been killed in the unrest.
The British-based Avaaz rights group said it had collected evidence of more than 6,237 deaths of civilians and security forces, 617 of them under torture. At least 400 of the dead were children, it added.