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March was deadliest month in Syrian war

At least 6,000 die; toll heaviest among civilians

BEIRUT — March was the bloodiest month yet in Syria’s two-year-old conflict, with more than 6,000 documented deaths, a leading antiregime activist group said Monday, blaming the increase on heavier shelling and more violent clashes.

Rami Abdul-Rahman, who heads the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the increased toll is probably incomplete because both the Syrian army and the rebel groups fighting the government often underreport their dead in the civil war.

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