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GENEVA - Syria is now in a state of civil war with more than 4,000 dead and increasing numbers of defecting soldiers taking up arms against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, the top United Nations human rights official said on Thursday."We are placing the figure at 4,000, but really the reliable information coming to us is that it is much more than that," UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told a news conference.
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RELATED:US Treasury, Arab League and EU sanction SyriaSyria TV: Arab League sanctions 'unprecedented'"I have said that as soon as there were more and more defectors threatening to take up arms, I said this in August before the Security Council, there was going to be a civil war. At the moment that's how I am characterizing this," she said.Violence continued throughout the week in Syria, as
troops shot dead six civilian protesters and army defectors killed
seven soldiers on Wednesday and regional pressure grew on Assad to
withdraw forces from restive cities, free prisoners and start talks with
the opposition.Syria's biggest trade partner Turkey suspended
all financial credit dealings with Damascus and froze its assets,
joining the Arab League in isolating Assad over his military crackdown.
The United States urged other countries to follow suit.
By ADAM RASGON
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