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Nearly 2000 Died in Syria during Geneva Talks

Opposition sources in Syria said around 1,900 people, including at least 430 civilians, have been killed in the country during a week of talks between the Syrian government and the foreign-backed opposition in Geneva.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the figures on Friday, saying the civilian fatalities were caused by fighting and lack of humanitarian aid, Islam Times reported.

The report comes as the Geneva II negotiations, which opened on January 22, ended on Friday with no concrete results. However, the United Nations said that the sides to the conflict in Syria agreed to meet again on February 10.

According to the UN-Arab League Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, huge differences remain between the parties following a week of discussions on the ongoing crisis.

“The gaps between the sides remain wide; there is no use pretending otherwise.”

Meanwhile, United Nations Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos on Friday censured the failure of the talks, saying, “The situation is totally unacceptable.”

Amos added that she is deeply concerned about the suffering of ordinary Syrian civilians across the country.

Crisis has gripped Syria for nearly three years.

The turmoil has forcibly displaced one-third of the entire population of 23 million, including more than two million people who have fled the violence into neighboring countries.

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