According to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) the conflict in Syria is now a full-blown civil war, this means that international humanitarian law (also known as the rules of war) applies through the whole country.
This law grants the parties involved in the conflict the right to use appropriate force to achieve their goals. The Geneva-based group’s assessment is a good reference for those parties that need to determine the type of force they can use.
ICRC spokesman Hicham Hassan stated, “We are now talking about a non-international armed conflict in the country.” The violence has spread beyond the areas to which the ICRC was restricted, the ICRC was focusing only in Idlib, Homs and Hama. The organization determined that the violence has spread beyond those areas. (AV)