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El Salvador Gvt vs FMLN Guerrillas

Years: 1979-1991
Battle deaths: 51,561 [1]
Onesided violence: 248 [2]

Nation(s) involved and/or conflict territory [note]
El Salvador

Published prior to 2013 | Updated: 2016-03-26 23:35:40
UCDP: "Following the overthrow of President Carlos Humberto Romero in October 1979, El Salvador’s various left-wing groups became increasingly critical of the alleged right-wing tendencies of the new ruling junta. From 1980 they mounted a concerted military and diplomatic campaign to overthrow the government. Inspired by Agustin Farabundo Martí’s earlier revolt, anti-regime guerrilla forces created the Farabundo Martí Front for National Liberation (FMLN) as their political arm. FMLN called on the government to enter into a dialogue to restore democracy, but at the same time rejected the government’s demand that the guerrilla war should be halted as a prelude for negotiations".

Source: Uppsala Conflict Data Program (Date of retrieval: ) UCDP Conflict Encyclopedia, Uppsala University


Data Sources

[1] Battle deaths: PRIO Battle Deaths Dataset v3.0 (link) (1946-88) UCDP Battle-Related Deaths Dataset v. 5-2015 (link) (1989-2014) ID: #120
Low: 34,111 High: 68,361

[2] UCDP One-sided Violence Dataset v. 1.4-2014 (1989-2013)(link) (1989-) including actors: Government of Bosnia-Herzegovina (may also be related to conflict id 202 or 203)
Low: 248 High: 675

In the documentation for this dataset an estimation of 20,000 deaths by onesided violence is mentioned. This number includes murders committed by death squads.

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NOTE! Nation data for this war may be inconlusive or incomplete. In most cases it reflects which nations were involved with troops in this war, but in some it may instead reflect the contested territory.



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