By AFP, AP
The Observatory said the toll now stands at 100,191 people, with at least 36,661 civilians killed, including more than 3,000 women and more than 5,000 children under the age of 16.
The group, which relies on a network of activists, doctors and lawyers on the ground throughout Syria, said 18,072 rebel fighters had been killed.
On the regime side, the group reported the deaths of at least 25,407 army soldiers, 17,311 pro-regime militia and 169 members of the Lebanese Shia group Hizbollah, which has dispatched fighters to battle alongside the Syrian army.
The group counted another 2,571 unidentified people killed in the fighting throughout the war-torn country up until June 24.
The figures are a testament to the levels of violence wracking the country, which has been ravaged by a civil war that began with peaceful demonstrations calling for regime change. The Syrian government responded with force to the demonstrations, starting a bloody spiral into violence that has left no part of the country untouched and raised concerns about regional destabilisation.
Susan Rice, the outgoing US ambassador to the UN, meanwhile said the UN Security Council’s failure to take action to stop the conflict is “a moral and strategic disgrace that history will judge harshly.”
Ms Rice blamed three double vetoes by Russia and China of resolutions aimed at pressuring Syria’s President Bashar Assad to end the violence, even though they didn’t contain sanctions.
She expressed hope that the Syrian people will ultimately be able to chart their own future “and certainly the United States is committed to supporting them in those efforts and we will remain so.”
“I think we’ve seen in this region of the world and many other parts of the world that these struggles can be long and costly but rarely can I think of an instance in recent history where at the end of the day … the unified aspirations of a people for freedom and to chart their own future are ultimately suppressed,” she said.
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