Syria is 'in a state of war', says its president

Last updated at 06:29
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Syria's leader President Assad has admitted his country is now in a "state of war" - in other words, civil war.

Bashar al-Assad made the admission as fierce fighting continues around the Syrian capital Damascus.

His own army is battling against rebel fighters who want him out - they believe he is responsible for many deaths of innocent people.

A peace plan by the United Nations - a group of big countries from around the world - has failed to have any impact.

Protestors waving large Syrian flagsReuters
Protestors are still demonstrating against President Assad near the Syrian capital of Damascus.