A Syria Civil Defence member carries a wounded child in the besieged town of Hamoria, Eastern Ghouta, in Damascus, Syria, January 6, 2018. REUTERS/ Bassam Khabieh
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A new death toll released Monday said over half a million Syrians have been killed since the start of the war, as Damascus announced it would demobilize some conscripted officers following the recapture of most of the country.The total killed, around 560,000, also includes 65,048 troops, 50,296 pro-government Syrian gunmen, 65,108 Islamist militants including from the former Nusra Front and Daesh (ISIS), 63,561 opposition fighters including from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, 1,675 Hezbollah fighters, and 2,619 army defectors. The order also demobilizes reserve officers who joined in 2013 and who will have completed five years of reserve service by January.In October, Damascus also announced an amnesty for men who had deserted the army or avoided military service, giving them several months to report for duty without facing punishment.Before the war started, military service was compulsory for men aged 18 and above, after which they remained part of the reserve forces. DeirEzzor24 said in a separate statement that four fighters from the SDF were killed on the eastern outskirts of Deir al-Zor.
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