The month of May has been the deadliest month of the year so far in Syria with over 6,600 people killed in the war-ravaged country, a report says.
At least 6,657 people, including at least 1,285 civilians, have been killed throughout Syria in May 2015, making it the bloodiest month of the year in the Arab country plagued by a foreign-backed militancy aimed at overthrowing the government of President Bashar al-Assad, according to a pro-opposition monitoring group based in the British capital city of London.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights further stated in its report on Monday that the civilian death toll includes 236 children and 186 women.
According to the Western-backed group, the casualty figures represent an increase of more than 2,000 violent deaths - nearly 30 percent - compared with April, when 4,458 were killed.
The report further stated that “rebels and Kurdish fighters” made up 793 of those killed in May, while terrorists from Takfiri groups such as the ISIL and the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front numbered 2,109.
It also claimed that ISIL terrorist elements killed 197 civilians and 104 militant, without elaborating on how it came up with those figures.
The opposition-affiliated group further estimated that over 2,000 pro-government forces as well as over 200 non-Syrian pro-government fighters were killed during the month.
Takfiris started their campaign of terror in Syria in March 2011 with the backing of Western powers and their regional allies, including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Qatar.
At least 222,000 people have been killed in the Arab country since the onset of the crisis fueled by Takfiri militants.