The Freeland File
Global Market Data
Tales from the Trail
Lucy P. Marcus
David Cay Johnston
The Great Debate
Jack & Suzy Welch
Macro & Markets
Lipper Awards 2012
Personal Finance Video
Our best photos from the last 24 hours. See more
Images of April
Playboy model steals the show at Mexican election debate
07 May 2012
Republican Santorum endorses Romney for president
Obesity fight must shift from personal blame-U.S. panel
Netanyahu surprise gives Israel grand coalition
Boy, 11, Pees on $36,000 Worth of MacBooks
01 May 2012
One in seven thinks end of world is coming: poll
April hiring seen picking up
Berkshire profits double as insurance losses fall
Hungry zoo lion faces off with unfazed toddler
Thu, May 3 2012
U.S. foils airline 'bomb plot'
Mon, May 7 2012
"The Avengers" breaks a record, Lohan off the hook
Sun, May 6 2012
Our day's top images, in-depth photo essays and offbeat slices of life. See the best of Reuters photography. See more | Photo caption
Walking amongst us are the superheroes, whether they're for voting, promoting or protesting. Slideshow
The "Run for Your Lives" race has runners facing obstacles while being chased by zombies. Slideshow
Arab League, Red Cross warn Syria heading to civil war
Syria fighting persists, last chance to avoid war: Annan
Some Syria violence amounts to civil war: Red Cross
Analysis & Opinion
Washington Extra – An anniversary observed
Since when has G-anything run the world?
United Nations »
1 of 2. Demonstrators hold signs and wave the Syrian opposition flag during a protest against Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad at Al Habeet, near the northern province of Idlib May 4, 2012.
Credit: Reuters/Shaam News Network/Handout
By Erika Solomon
Tue May 8, 2012 12:11pm EDT
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Security forces killed at least 10 people in fighting across Syria on Tuesday, activists said, in a 14-month-old revolt that the Red Cross and Arab League warned was becoming a civil war.
Across Syria, clashes between state forces and rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad raged overnight and flared again on Tuesday afternoon, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Despite a shaky truce, the carnage in Syria has not stopped even after a parliamentary poll on Monday which the government promoted as a milestone on its path to reform, but the opposition called a sham and boycotted the vote.
As election officials counted votes on Tuesday, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said fighting had been so intense in some parts of Syria that at times the conflict in those places qualified as a localized civil war.
Jakob Kellenberger said he was very worried about conditions in Syria, where United Nations observers are being deployed to monitor a ceasefire agreement that has been repeatedly violated by both state forces and by rebels.
"I really hope that the U.N. observers will deploy rapidly," he told reporters in Geneva, indicating concern for the fate of U.N. envoy Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan for Syria. "I still hope it will not fail."
Annan is expected to brief the U.N. Security Council later on Tuesday on the progress of his mission.
Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby called for continued support of Annan's plans and expressed similar concerns over civil war.
"Escalating military action in Syria will end up leading to a civil war in Syria, which no one wants to see," he told reporters during in a trip to Beijing.
Beyond the ceasefire and monitoring mission, Annan's plan also calls for free access for journalists and humanitarian aid in the country. So far, 50 of some 300 monitors have arrived with the whole team expected to be assembled by the end of May.
On Tuesday, the British-based Observatory said security forces were using rockets and heavy machinegun fire on the village of al-Hassan in the rebellious central Homs province, as they sought to wrest control from rebels in the area.
A similar bombardment in northern Idlib province that began after midnight killed at least three people, it said.
The United Nations says more than 9,000 people have been killed by state forces trying to crush the revolt against four decades of rule by Assad and his father, Hafez al-Assad.
What began as a peaceful protest movement has been overtaken by an armed insurgency against Syrian forces. The government says the rebels are terrorists steered by foreign powers and says more than 2,600 people from the police and army have been killed.
Despite Syria's bloodshed, the state news agency SANA reported a "notable" turnout for Monday's vote but has yet to provide details of participation.
Many residents in Damascus said on Tuesday that few Syrians were voting, and a Reuters team at a polling booth saw only three ballots cast in their 40-minute visit.
Initial results reported by the pro-government Syrian channel al-Ikhbariya suggested that around 700,000 people voted in Aleppo, the most populace city and province in Syria.
Aleppo city has a population of more than 2 million, while the province is home to nearly 5 million people.
Activists insisted the numbers were inflated. "I went to three different polling stations, I am telling you turnout was weak," said a student called Tamim. "No one can believe in an election while people are dying."
(Editing by Jon Hemming)
We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/
Be the first to comment on reuters.com.
Add yours using the box above.
Back to top
New York Legal
Support & Contact
Connect with Reuters
Our Flagship financial information platform incorporating Reuters Insider
An ultra-low latency infrastructure for electronic trading and data distribution
A connected approach to governance, risk and compliance
Our next generation legal research platform
Our global tax workstation
About Thomson Reuters
Thomson Reuters is the world's largest international multimedia news agency, providing investing news, world news, business news, technology news, headline news, small business news, news alerts, personal finance, stock market, and mutual funds information available on Reuters.com, video, mobile, and interactive television platforms. Thomson Reuters journalists are subject to an Editorial Handbook which requires fair presentation and disclosure of relevant interests.
NYSE and AMEX quotes delayed by at least 20 minutes. Nasdaq delayed by at least 15 minutes. For a complete list of exchanges and delays, please click here.