Syria Update, October 9, 2012 (Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic and Strategic Studies. By Sherifa Zuhur)

Early death toll: 106 were killed.

Yesterday’s (Monday) revised death toll: More than 210 killed including 106 unarmed civilians.

Insights: Casualties are again rising and bear in mind these death tolls underreport casualties which previously indicated a high rise in daily deaths, beginning in August with the Syrian government’s efforts to “wipe out” the opposition, which has failed. As a purely anecdotal observation, interest in the conflict outside of Syria is waning – the attention span, even of regional news-watchers is very limited. The opposition is trying, desperately, to keep Syria alive in the news by pointing to human rights issues, survival needs of refugees, but news about the riots provoked by “Innocence of the Muslims” and even by cross-border hostilities between Turkey and Syria far outweighs the interest in this now-lingering conflict. NATO…

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