Rebel fighters carry their weapons as they walk towards their positions in the town of Morek in Hama province July 21, 2014. REUTERS/Badi Khlif
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Syrian regime forces and allied groups have suffered more than 800 casualties in the last week, a leading anti-regime activist group said Wednesday, amid signs of a "significant" lack of manpower.The Observatory divided the 1,769 fatalities into separate categories: regime forces and paramilitaries (803), rebel militia fighters (349), civilians (239), Al-Qaeda groups and Kurdish fighters in clashes with each other (75), Al-Qaeda and other non-Syrian Islamist groups fighting the regime (290), and non-Syrian Shiite paramilitaries (13), who fight alongside the regime.While the claim is difficult to confirm, as the regime remains tight-lipped about its battlefield losses, an anti-regime source told The Daily Star that the conclusions appeared solid, particularly after several hundred troops and paramilitaries were killed when ISIS militants overran the Shaar gas field in Homs province last week.The regime has now begun to call up "thousands" to serve in the army reserve, the Observatory added.
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