France: Syria is in a civil war

The French Foreign Minister has said Syria is in a state of civil war. His Russian counterpart has accused the US of supplying arms to Syrian rebels, after Hillary Clinton said Russia had been arming the Assad regime.

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Ban Ki-Moon urges UN access to Syrian town

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon Credit: REUTERS/Yves Herman

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has urged the Syrian government to allow UN observers to enter the town of Haffa in Latakia Province citing "reports of a build-up of government forces around the town".

A statement from his office also said: "The government's intensive military operations, including the shelling of Homs and reportedly other population centers, as well as firing from helicopters on Talbiseh and Rastan, are resulting in heavy civilian casualties and human rights violations."

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