No deaths recorded as snowstorm halts Syria fighting

A group monitoring Syria`s war said Thursday that it had recorded no deaths in the conflict for the first time in three years as a rare snowstorm forced a halt to fighting

Syria: A group monitoring Syria`s war said Thursday that it had recorded no deaths in the conflict for the first time in three years as a rare snowstorm forced a halt to fighting

"We did not document any new killings on Wednesday," Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP.

"While humanitarian needs soared, the snowstorm protected Syrians from battles, gunfire, shelling, rocket fire and air strikes," he said.

Other activist networks also reported no deaths on Wednesday.

The storm hit Syria and other parts of the Middle East on Wednesday, leaving much of the country including Damascus blanketed in snow and causing fuel and electricity shortages.

Fighting and shelling resumed on Thursday as the weather improved, said the Observatory, which relies on a wide network of sources inside Syria to monitor the conflict.

Syria`s civil war has killed more than 200,000 people since breaking out in March 2011 as a peaceful uprising against President Bashar al-Assad that evolved into an armed conflict.

In December alone, at least 4,358 people were killed in the war, the Observatory said.
 

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