Rupert Colville said on Friday that the increase in the death toll was so high because the new figure includes additional fatalities from earlier periods. “It is an indicative number based on very, very precise number of data of individuals killings. And the most important thing to remember about any number is that this is not a number, it’s people. People are dying every single day,” he added.
The exact figure of confirmed deaths is 191,369, 85 per cent of whom were men and 9 per cent were women. The sex in the remainder of cases were unknown.
At least 8,800 of the victims were confirmed as children, although the age of most victims is unknown.
Ms Pillay’s office said in January that it had stopped updating the death toll in Syria, blaming the lack of access on the ground and an inability to verify data. It has also refused to endorse other counts by organisations like the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Mr Colville added: “With additional killings reported from the earlier period, in addition to around 62,000 new killings in the year covered by this new analysis, the total has actually together more than doubled the number documented a year ago, which we announced in 2013.
“As the report explains, unfortunately this is probably an underestimate of the real total number of people killed during the first three years of this murderous conflict.”