BEIRUT - More than 110,000 people have died in Syria's 2 1/2-year-old conflict, and more than half of those killed were civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday.
The Observatory, a British-based rights group which opposes Syrian President Bashar Assad's rule, said at least 5,833 children were among the dead.
"More than 110,371 people have fallen since the day the first martyr of the revolution died on March 18, 2011 in Deraa province, to August 31, 2013," the Observatory said in a statement. It said 56,138 of those killed were civilians.
"With such a massive and frightening number of victims that have fallen because of the international community's silence, the Observatory renews its call for the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, as well as all people with a conscience, to work seriously to end the killing in Syria," it added.
The Observatory said its figures included victims of the gas attack in the suburbs of Damascus which has led the United States and France to threaten military action against Syria. But it counts only about 500 deaths in the incident, compared with Washington's figure of more than 1,400.