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UN: Syria death toll tops 191,000

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The death toll from the war in Syria has topped 191,000, including 9,000 children, UN rights chief Navi Pillay said Friday, criticizing the UN's failure to respond to human suffering

Pillay said the 191,369 deaths recorded between March 2011 when the war broke out and April this year, was nearly double that given a year ago, and was likely an underestimate.

Her spokesman stressed that up to 6,000 people were dying in Syria every month.

Pillay, who Thursday chided the UN Security Council for what she called a lack of resolve in ending crises, said in a statement the dwindling global interest in Syria was "scandalous".

"I deeply regret that, given the onset of so many other armed conflicts in this period of global destabilisation, the fighting in Syria and its dreadful impact on millions of civilians has dropped off the international radar," she said.

"The killers, destroyers and torturers in Syria have been empowered and emboldened by the international paralysis," added the outgoing head of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.