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Red Cross rules Syria is in civil war

Geneva, July 16 (): The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) views the fight in Syria to be a complete civil war, which suggests international humanitarian law applies throughout the country.

The announcement was given out on Sunday, hours after one of the senior Syrian officials refused government forces on Thursday had committed killing in the village of Tremseh, and also rejected a UN claim that the government had directed the attack with helicopters and heavy weapons.

Hicham Hassan, the ICRC spokesman said that now humanitarian law applies wherever conflicts are happening in Syria, where battling has spread elsewhere Idlib, Homs and Hama.

International humanitarian law, which is also known as the rules of war, grants parties to a war the right to practice appropriate force to attain their aims, and the Geneva-based group’s assessment is an important mention for those parties to define what type of force and how much they can use.

On Sunday, UN paid a second visit to Tremseh to investigate what took place in the village during a series of the deadly clashes, which was claimed by protesters as the worst of the 17-month-long uprising’s bloodiest days.

Residents said about 150 people were killed in nearly seven hours of bombing followed by a ground attack. They said they still have to recover some bodies from the nearby fields.

The Tremseh village attack is the third time since late May that a rural town has been attacked. Damascus blamed the terrorists for two previous attacks on Mazraat al-Kabir and Houla, but in all the three cases, the residents insist that they were attacked by the state troops and the pro-regime Shabiha militia after being bombed for many hours.

After killing in the Tremseh village, Damascus saw a fiercer fighting that residents said it was the worst to hit Damascus in the rebellion against Bashar al-Assad.

Jihad Makdissi, a Syrian foreign ministry spokesman on Sunday said that 37 people were killed in an attack focused on five homes. He supposed that most of them killed were rebels, who were classed as “terrorists” by him.