Red Cross says Syria conflict a civil war, humanitarian laws now apply throughout country

GENEVA – The International Committee of the Red Cross says it now considers the conflict in Syria a civil war, meaning international humanitarian law applies throughout the country.

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Questions:

  • What repercussion will invoking humanitarian law have on this conflict?
  • Do both sides of the conflict have right to use force?
  • Is Red Cross legitimizing terrorism?
  • Do both sides have to be armed and using weapons?
  • Do fighters on both sides have to wear uniforms clearly identifying them?
  • Are rebels and terrorists wearing civilian clothes considered “civilians”?
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