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Syria’s Death Toll Is 5,000, German Foreign Minister Says

December 12, 2011

Dec. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Syria’s death toll has risen 5,000, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said after meeting with the UN’s top human-rights official, Navi Pillay.

“I am really shocked about what i heard about the atrocities in Syria: 5,000 people were killed,” he told reporters in New York. The latest figure is higher than what Pillay, who will brief the United Nations Security Council this afternoon, had previously indicated.

The UN said on Dec. 1 that more than 4,000 people have been killed since the uprising against Assad began in March, inspired by movements that toppled leaders in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Tens of thousands have been arrested and more than 14,000 are reported to be in detention, the UN said.

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