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UN officials: Syria facing civil war

The head of UN peacekeeping Herve Ladsous has warned that Syria is now in a state of civil war and that there has been an alarming escalation of violence in the town of Haffa.

Mr Ladsous told reporters at the UN in New York that large parts of Syria were now outside government control.

This comes after UN monitors told of how they were fired on and forced to turn back as they attempted to reach the town of Haffa, in northern Syria.

Bridget Kendall reports

  • 12 Jun 2012
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