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Renewed fighting erupts in Syria

13 June 2012 Last updated at 12:56 BST

Fresh fighting is reported in Syria, although both sides in the conflict reject its characterisation by a senior UN official as a civil war.

The violence comes despite both sides rejecting the characterisation of the conflict as civil war by a UN official.

The Syrian government insists it is fighting terror groups and rebels say they are defending a peaceful uprising.

Both sides have predicted a massacre at the western mountain town of Haffa, where rebel fighters are besieged.

Jim Muir reports.