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Over 90,000 killed in Syrian crisis – UN

NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) — The United Nations (UN) on Thursday announced that the death toll in Syria has surpassed 90,000 since the country’s violent crisis broke out.

In a press release, UN High Commissioner for Human rights Navi Pillay said the number of deaths in Syria continues at “shockingly high levels”, detailing that more than 5,000 killings have been documented every month since last July, including a total of just under 27,000 new killings since December 1.

According to an analysis carried out by data specialists on behalf of the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR), at least 92,901 people were killed in fighting between the Government and forces seeking to oust President Bashar Al-Assad between March 2011 and April 2013. However, the agency warned that the actual death toll could be much higher.

“Unfortunately…this is most likely a minimum casualty figure,” Pillay said. “The true number of those killed is potentially much higher,” Pillay continued, urging the warring parties to declare an immediate ceasefire “before tens of thousands more people are killed or injured.”

Information from the eight different sources resulted in a combined list of 263,055 reported killings, fully identified by the name of the victim, as well as the date and location of the death, OHCHR said. Any reported killing that did not include at least these three elements was excluded from the list.

Each reported killing was then compared to all the other reported killings in order to identify duplicates, resulting in 92,091 documented cases of individuals killed. However, many unreported deaths are probable while 37,988 reported killings containing insufficient information were excluded from the analysis.

Up to 30 November 2012, a figure of 60,000 documented deaths was recorded. About 80 percent of the victims documented are male, with the sharpest increase in deaths since November 2012 in Rural Damascus and Aleppo. The Office also documented the “the killings of at least 6,561 minors, including at least 1,729 children under ten years old.”

“There are also well-documented cases of individual children being tortured and executed, and entire families, including babies, being massacred,” Pillay said, adding that along with the devastatingly high death toll, this is a terrible reminder of “just how vicious this conflict has become.”

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his latest report on the status of children in armed conflicts, cited verified reports that Syrian children are killed or injured in indiscriminate bombings, shot by snipers, used as human shields or victims of terror tactics.

Pillay stated that civilians are bearing the brunt of widespread, violent and often indiscriminate attacks which are devastating whole swathes of major towns and cities, as well as outlying villages.

“Government forces are shelling and launching aerial attacks on urban areas day in and day out, and are also using strategic missiles and cluster and thermobaric bombs,” the UN human right chief said. She added, “Opposition forces have also shelled residential areas, albeit using less fire-power and there have been multiple bombings resulting in casualties in the heart of cities, especially Damascus.”

At least 14 killed in double suicide attack in Damascus

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (BNO NEWS) — A double suicide attack killed at least fourteen people in the Syrian capital, local media reported on Monday.

The suicide bombers detonated their explosives in al-Marjeh Square located in a busy commercial district of Damascus, the country’s capital. The blasts were not far from the local Police Department.

A police source told SANA news agency that the double suicide attack killed at least fourteen people, while at 31 others were also reported injured.

Reports indicate the first bomber detonated his explosives on the first floor when police opened fire. Shortly after, the second suicide attacker detonated the bomb on the street.

The explosions damaged the area, as emergency teams rushed the victims to local hospitals. It was not immediately known whether the victims were civilians or police.

According to the UN, there are 6.8 million people in need as a result of the ongoing crisis in Syria, with 4.25 million people internally displaced and an additional 1.3 million seeking refuge in neighboring countries. The conflict has also killed over 70,000 people since efforts to oust President Bashar Al-Assad began in March 2011.

7 Taliban fighters killed in failed attack against Kabul airport

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (BNO NEWS) — A group of Taliban insurgents launched a coordinated attack Monday against Afghanistan’s main international airport in the capital Kabul, but all attackers were killed without casualties among civilians or security forces, the city’s police chief said.

The attack began at around 4:30 a.m. local time when seven insurgents wearing suicide vests seized a building under construction near Kabul International Airport, after which they opened fire against security forces and nearby buildings with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.

Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said the attackers were quickly surrounded by police, after which a firefight ensued which continued for more than 4.5 hours. He said the quick response by Afghan security forces demonstrates the increasing capacity and professionalism of the forces.

“The situation is resolved. All insurgents are now dead, five [were] killed in battle [and the] last two blew themselves up,” Kabul police chief General Mohammed Ayub Salangi said. “Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) continue to clear the building. Five suicide vests and weapons have been recovered.”

There were no casualties among civilians or security forces, although two civilians were said to have been injured.

Captain Luca Carniel, a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), said none of its service members were injured and no ISAF facilities at or near the airport were damaged. “The Afghan National Police lead the operation with ISAF advisors in a mentoring role only,” he added.

2 medics, patient killed in ambulance crash in U.S. state of Georgia

DOUGLAS, GEORGIA (BNO NEWS) — Two paramedics and their patient were killed Thursday when an ambulance with its lights and sirens on collided with a tractor-trailer on a highway in the U.S. state of Georgia, officials said on Friday, adding that criminal charges against the truck driver are likely.

The accident happened at around 5 a.m. local time on Thursday when a car and a tractor-trailer were traveling westbound on Georgia State Route 32 near the small town of Ocilla in Irwin County, some 190 miles (305 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta. An ambulance from neighboring Coffee County was traveling eastbound with its lights and siren activated.

Franka Young, a spokeswoman for the Georgia State Patrol, said the car had pulled off the roadway to yield for the approaching ambulance, but the truck ended up colliding with the emergency vehicle. “The tractor-trailer jackknifed across the centerline and into the path of the ambulance,” she said.

The ambulance struck the left side of the tractor and trailer, killing the two emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and their patient who was being transferred from Coffee Regional Medical Center in Coffee County to Tift Regional Medical Center in Tift County. The truck driver was not injured.

Young identified the driver of the ambulance as 44-year-old Teresa Ann Davis of Axson and the second EMT as 56-year-old Randall Whiddon of Ashburn. The patient in the ambulance was identified as 65-year-old Charles Arvin Smith of Fitzgerald, but the nature of his injuries or illness prior to the accident were not released.

The Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT) of the Georgia State Patrol is investigating the accident, and Young said charges against the truck driver were pending. She identified the driver of the truck as Rockwell Lott of Tifton.

Three children among 4 killed in western Afghanistan roadside bomb

FARAH CITY, AFGHANISTAN (BNO NEWS) — Three children were among the four killed during Tuesday’s roadside bomb attack in western Afghanistan, local authorities said.

A couple and their three children on board a civilian vehicle were traveling in the Chah Shorab area of Javin District, which is located in the province of Farah, when a roadside bomb struck their car on Tuesday morning at around 7:30 a.m. local time.

According to the governor’s spokesperson, the father and his three children lost their lives during the blast, while the children’s mother, identified as Abdur Rahman Zhwandai, was injured, Pajhwok Afghan News reported.

Zhwandai was rushed to the Farah Civil Hospital for medical treatment, but her health condition was no immediately known.

No group or terrorist organization claimed responsibility of the attack, which came one day after the United Nations (UN) called for a stop in such attacks.

On Monday, a motorcycle suicide bomber targeted an International Security Assistance Force convoy that was driving in front of a school. As a result, two American soldiers, an Afghan policeman and ten children were killed in Gardez, the capital of Paktya province. At least 15 others were also injured.

In the city of Mihtarlam, the capital of Laghman province, an improvised explosive device was detonated on a roadside, reportedly killing seven members of one family, including four women and two children. The family was said to be returning home in a truck after collecting firewood.

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNAMA, Ján Kubiš, said the attacks ” resulted in a high number of civilian casualties, with minimal impact on their purported military targets. Any such violence is unacceptable, but especially when it involves civilians and even more so when it involves children.”

“Any attacks which deliberately take place near a school can only be condemned for the heinous attacks that they are,” Kubiš added.

In 2012, over 500 Afghan children died following suicide bombings or in attacks using improvised explosive devices, according to a news release issued by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict.

Over 100 killed in northeastern China poultry slaughterhouse fire

CHANGCHUN, CHINA (BNO NEWS) — Over 100 people were killed after a deadly fire broke out on Monday at a poultry processing plant in northeastern China, local authorities said.

The fire broke out at early Monday morning shortly after 6 a.m. local time at a Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Company slaughterhouse located in the Mishazi Township in Dehui City, which is located in the province of Jilin, around 100 kilometers northeast of the Changchun.

As of 4:25 p.m. local time, authorities in charge of the search-and-rescue operations told the state-run Xinhua news agency that at least 119 people had been killed. Over 50 others were also reported injured while around 100 managed to escape the fire safely.

The exact number of those inside the plant at the time of the fire is uncertain, but survivors told the media outlet that more than 300 workers were inside when the loud bang that apparently caused the fire was heard.

In addition, the plant’s gate was locked and its complicated interior structure as well as narrow exits caused difficulties for workers to escape and emergency teams to operate.

Two American soldiers, 10 children killed in southeastern Afghan suicide attack

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (BNO NEWS) — A suicide bomber killed ten children and two American soldiers in southeastern Afghanistan, officials said Monday.

The attack took place on Monday at noon in front of a school in the Chamkani district bazaar, located in the southeastern province of Paktia when a explosive-rigged motorcycle detonated.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said two service members were killed, although their identities were not immediately disclosed. In the statement, it said one ISAF civilian was also killed.

While Afghan security officials also confirmed the deaths of the two American soldiers, Brigadier General Zalmai Oryakhel told Pajhwok Afghan News that ten students were also killed, while fifteen others were injured.

No group has claimed responsibility of the attack, but such attacks are commonly blamed on Taliban forces.

1,000 killed in May: Iraq hit by worst wave of violence in 5 years

BAGHDAD, IRAQ (BNO NEWS) — More than 1,000 people were killed in a wave of violence across Iraq in May, making it the country’s deadliest month in more than five years amid fears that widespread sectarian strife will continue to escalate, the United Nations (UN) said on Saturday.

At least 1,045 Iraqis were killed and another 2,397 were wounded in violence across the country in May, according to figures released by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The number of fatalities includes 782 civilians, 181 civilian police officers, and 82 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF).

The monthly figures are the worst in more than five years and includes May 27 when a wave of bombings killed 75 people and injured 200 hundreds at markets and Shi’ite neighborhoods in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. The Iraqi government put last month’s death toll at nearly 700, but UNAMI said its figures are conservative and rely on direct investigation along with credible secondary sources.

“That is a sad record. Iraqi political leaders must act immediately to stop this intolerable bloodshed,” said Martin Kobler, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNAMI. It comes just days after he warned that systemic violence is “ready to explode at any moment” if the country’s leaders fail to take immediate action.

UNAMI said it recorded 560 security incidents across Iraq in May, including 176 incidents involving improvised explosive devices (IEDs), 82 car bombings, and 243 incidents involving small arms fire. Baghdad was the worst affected province last month with 1,817 civilian casualties, including 532 fatalities and 1,285 injured.

Although violence in Iraq had generally declined dramatically since its peak in 2006 and 2007, political turmoil and sectarian violence has been on the rise following the pullout of the last U.S. soldiers in mid-December 2011. UNAMI said a total of 712 people were killed and 1,633 were wounded in violence across Iraq in April, following 229 fatalities in March.

Philippines: At least 3 killed, 4 injured in the Metro Manila area

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (BNO NEWS) — At least three people were killed after an explosion inside a residential unit in the Metro Manila area of the Philippines, authorities said Friday.

The explosion took place at around 8 p.m. local time on Friday night at the Two Serendra building, a residential condominium unit located at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, which is in the southeastern part of Metro Manila in the National Capital Region.

According to authorities, large pieces of concrete from the building’s upper floor were blown off by the blast and slammed into a Abenson delivery van and killed three people on board, Inquirer News reported. In addition, four others were also injured and were taken to the St. Lukes Medical Center.

The loud explosion caused panic among locals, including customers at the nearby Market!Market shopping center, as the blast shook the floors in nearby blocks.

Authorities cordoned off the area where the van was crushed. Investigations were launched, but the cause of the incident was not immediately known. However, some media outlets said a appliance malfunction could have been the cause.

NY: 4 children among 7 killed in traffic accident

TRUXTON, NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) — At least seven people were killed in a fatal traffic accident in the state of New York, officials said Thursday.

A tractor trailer and a minivan crashed on Wednesday night at around 6 p.m. local time on Route 13 between Crains Mills and West Keeney roads in the town of Truxton in upstate New York.

According to Cortland County Sheriff’s Department, the tractor-trailer was traveling southbound when the trailer apparently detatched, slid across to the other lane, and struck the minivan, which was traveling north, WXHC radio reported.

Emergency teams responded to the accident, and the coroner’s office later confirmed that seven of the eight people on board the minivan lost their lives. Among those killed were three adults in their 20s and four children, all under ten years old. One person survived the accident and was transferred to the University Hospital in Syracuse.

The powerful impact ripped the minivan apart. The driver and passenger of the tractor trailer, which is owned by Newton Salvage from Georgetown in Madison County, survived the accident. Both vehicles ended up on the east side of the road where the driver was clearly shaken by the incident. The trailer was carrying crushed vehicles.

The victims’ identities were not immediately revealed.