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Violence in Syria now a civil war: UN official

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 11:42

Zeenews Bureau

New York: UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous on Tuesday said that the violence in Syria has escalated into civil war.

When asked in an interview whether Syria was in a civil war, Ladsous told two news agencies: “Yes, I think one can say that”.

According to Kieran Dwyer, the spokesman for the UN peacekeeping department, UN observers have seen a steep escalation of violence and a dangerous shift in tactics by both sides in Syria in the last five days.

The Syrian government seems intent on wresting back control of many rebel-held areas and is shelling heavily populated districts and using attack helicopters over cities “with devastating impact on civilians”, Dwyer said.

In turn, the opposition is increasingly coordinating attacks against government forces and civilian infrastructure, and “the conflict has reached all parts of Syria virtually”, Dwyer said.

(With Agency inputs)

First Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 11:42
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