United Nations: UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous on Wednesday said Syria is now in a full-scale civil war as President Bashar al-Assad's military battles opposition forces around the country.

Asked whether he believed Syria is in a civil war, Ladsous told a small group of reporters: "Yes I think we can say that.

Clearly what is happening is that the government of Syria lost some large chunks of territory, several cities to the opposition, and wants to retake control."

"There is a massive increase in the level of violence," Ladsous said.

More than 14,100 people, most of them civilians, have been killed since the anti-regime revolt erupted in March 2011, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.


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