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Group claims 6,000 dead in Syria in March, deadliest month yet

In this Thursday March 28 2013 image taken from video obtained from Ugarit News which has been authenticated based its

In this Thursday March 28, 2013 image taken from video obtained from the Ugarit News, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a building at the Syrian government checkpoint on fire, in Dael less than 15 kilometers (10 miles) from the Jordanian border in Daraa province, Syria. Thursday, March 28, 2013. Syrian rebels on Friday captured a strategic town near the border with Jordan after a day of fierce clashes that killed dozens of people, activists said, as opposition fighters expand their presence in the south, considered a gateway to Damascus. (AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video)

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BEIRUT (AP) — A leading Syrian activist group says more than 6000 people were killed in the civil war in March, making it the deadliest month since the start of the conflict two years ago.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday that it recorded 6,005 deaths last month.

The anti-regime group reports on violence and documents deaths through a network of contacts in Syria.

The Observatory said the dead included 298 children, 291 women, 1,486 rebel fighters and army defectors and 1,464 government soldiers. The rest were unidentified civilians and fighters.

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