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The work now falls solely to non-governmental groups, particularly the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights – most cited in mainstream media – the Violations and Documentations Center, the Local Coordination Committees network and the Syrian Network for Human Rights.Rami Abdel-Rahman, the Observatory's director, told The Daily Star that he had around 130 staff on the ground as well as a wider network of around 5,000 informants made up of doctors, lawyers and others, from all sides of the conflict including the regime, and those working at military hospitals.In terms of civilian casualties, Abdel-Rahman believes his group has recorded "99 percent" of the deaths, but it is much more difficult to precisely monitor armed individuals, due to each side seeking to manipulate the statistics.The VDC has around 20 reporters across the country and 35 activists in total, including 20 within Syria, but Ahmad admitted the group's work was incredibly difficult.The VDC has recorded more than 90,000 deaths but also the existence 50,000 detainees, and some 2,000 people who are missing. It does not record regime deaths, but estimates that figure to be around 12,000 .Ahmad said the VDC was thinking of soon ceasing to call all those killed by the regime "martyrs".Every Casualty is working with the VDC and the Syrian Network for Human Rights, among others, to help them in their work, but not with the Observatory, as it refuses to share its work with the other groups.
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