Syrian Conflict Upgraded to "Civil War"
Some of the emerging details suggested that the violence in Tremseh may have been a lopsided fight between the army pursuing the opposition and activists and locals trying to defend the village.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has stepped up pressure on the Security Council, urging a halt to the escalating violence.
The council is debating a new Security Council resolution on Syria, spurred by the July 20 expiration of the mandate for the UN observer force there and the failure of the Annan peace plan.
It threatens non-military sanctions against President Bashar Assad's government if it doesn't withdraw troops and heavy weapons from population centres within 10 days.
The proposed resolution is under the UN Charter's Chapter 7, which can be enforced militarily.
The Syrian government claims the uprising is a foreign plot to weaken Syria, casting all its opponents - from pro-democracy demonstrators to armed rebels - as "terrorists".
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