The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has classed Syria's conflict as an internal armed conflict - a civil war in layman's terms. The humanitarian agency said the violence had broken out of its three original flashpoints of Homs, Hama and Idlib.
– ICRC spokesman Hicham Hassan
There is a non-international armed conflict in Syria. Not every place is affected, but it is not only limited to those three areas, it has spread to several other areas. That does not mean that all areas throughout the country are affected by hostilities.
The classification means that anyone who commits certain crimes against civilians can be charged with war crimes in violation of international humanitarian law.