The head of the United Nations' peacekeeping operations has said that the situation in Syria now amounts to a full-scale civil war as witnesses on the ground described fresh shelling on Homs and heavy fighting in other cities."Yes, I think we can say that," Herve Ladsous, the head of the UN's Department of Peacekeeping Operations, said in New York on Tuesday, when asked whether he believed Syria was now in a state of civil war."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."Kieran Dwyer, a spokesman for the UN peacekeeping department, told Al Jazeera that Landous' description was "related to what is going on in the last five days.""What we've seen in the last five days is a huge upscaling of the military confrontation," he said. "[It's by] both sides, at a huge cost to the civilian population."Earlier, angry crowds hurling stones stopped UN observers on Tuesday from reaching al-Haffa, the besieged coastal town where a violent crackdown is feared.UN observers were also in Homs, in central Syria, where heavy shelling continued. Observers filmed helicopters over an area where smoke was seen.The UN says its monitors saw fire coming from the helicopters although it was unable to distinguish whether machine guns were being used.
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Hillary this ****ing "peace process" was a failure a long ass time ago! We have no "timetable" this is a civil war. Its a damn shame but it happens especially when the people have said enough and they have gone past the boiling point.