Tuesday, May 08, 2012

International Red Cross Chief Speaks of Syrian Civil War

Kellenberger Says Rebels Use Guerrilla Tactics 

The International Committee of the Red Cross chief Jakob Kellenberger says Syria's rebel movement is increasingly using guerrilla tactics in its effort to oust President Bashar al-Assad. He said rebels have shifted their types of attacks in recent weeks after engaging in heavy fighting with better-equipped government forces earlier this year.

Speaking in Geneva, Kellenberger also said the improved organization of the rebels means that recent battles in some parts of Syria meet the definition of a "non-international armed conflict," or civil war. Syrian rights activists said security forces killed at least three people in fighting around the country on Tuesday. Casualties could not be independently confirmed.