BEIRUT | Syria deaths at wartime low in 2018 as Assad made gains

BEIRUT | Syria deaths at wartime low in 2018 as Assad made gains

BEIRUT— A group that closely tracks Syria’s war says nearly 20,000 people were killed in 2018, the lowest annual death toll of the nearly eight-year war.

Fighting died down in much of the country after President Bashar Assad‘s forces defeated rebels in bloody battles around the capital and southern Syria, bringing just over 60 percent of the country back under his control. Of the 20,000, only 6,500 were civilians.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced the yearly death toll Monday.

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