Syria now in state of civil war: UN official

Syria now in state of civil war: UN official
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First Published: Thu, Dec 01 2011. 10 45 PM IST

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Updated: Thu, Dec 01 2011. 10 45 PM IST
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Geneva: Syria is now in a state of civil war with more than 4,000 dead and rising numbers of defecting soldiers taking up arms against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, top UN human rights official said on Thursday.
“We are placing the figure at 4,000, but really the reliable information coming to us is that it is much more than that,” UN high commissioner for human rights Navi Pillay told a news conference.
“I have said that as soon as there were more and more defectors threatening to take up arms, I said this in August before the Security Council, there was going to be a civil war. At the moment that’s how I am characterizing this.”
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First Published: Thu, Dec 01 2011. 10 45 PM IST
More Topics: Syria | Civil War | UN | President | Bashar al Assad |