The Red Cross has determined the conflict in Syria to be a civil war - a declaration that officially applies the Geneva Conventions to violence throughout the country.
International humanitarian law now applies "wherever hostilities take place," the organization said Monday.
The announcement came as violence spread into parts of the capital that had previously avoided the bloodshed, and just a few days after more than 200 people, according to activists, were massacred in the town of Tremseh. It was the deadliest day of the conflict.
The International Committee of the Red Cross, on its website, explains that its mandate "stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949."FULL STORY