A human-rights watchdog said that after 1,612 days of conflict, tens of thousands of civilians are dead in Aleppo province — including 5,261 children.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based NGO, documented civilian casualties from the start of the revolution against the regime of Bashar al-Assad in March 2011 through Wednesday. The tally: 21,452 Syrian civilians killed in the province.

That’s roughly equivalent to the populations of Millbrae, Calif., or South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Much of the ancient city that once housed more than 2 million people has been reduced to rubble by continual pounding from airstrikes. Citizens who were able to flee to Idlib province likely face more war as Assad goes after the opposition there next.

The Observatory reported that government forces, loyal Syrian militias, Hezbollah, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and “other gunmen of non-Syrian nationalities” now control Aleppo.


As heard on The Hagmann Report