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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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ICRC: Situation in Syria 'deteriorating sharply'

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have said the situation in several parts of Syria has "worsened". The ICRC said in a statement:

The situation in several parts of Syria is deteriorating sharply. We understand that hundreds of people have left several combat-affected areas and headed to safer ones within Homs governorate.

The ICRC cannot confirm the reports of civilians being used as human shields. If this is confirmed, it is completely unacceptable.

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