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        2/12/2013, Adar 2, 5773

      Death Toll in Syria Approaching 70,000


      The UN Human Rights Organization estimates that the death toll in Syria will soon approach 70,000.

      "The lack of consensus on Syria and the resulting inaction has been disastrous and civilians on all sides have paid the price," said Navi Pillay, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights. "We will be judged against the tragedy that has unfolded before our eyes."

      U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Council on Foreign Relations on Monday evening that "Syria is self-destructing." 

      "After nearly two years, we no longer count days in hours, but in bodies. Another day, another 100, 200, 300 dead," he said.