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It is now a full scale civil war.
That from the United Nations peacekeeping chief in what appears to be the starkest international assessment of this conflict to date and it comes as the descent into chaos appears to be intensifying.
New reports of children being tortured and killed as government attacks continue.
Edited video of what's said to -- Artillery attack in the city of -- but we cannot verify its authenticity and take a look at yes.
Video of -- shell landing on a building just a few feet from where children are plant.
The UN now reports rebels hold large chunks of territory.
But this afternoon State Department spokeswoman Victoria Newman said it is still be Asad regime that is to blame -- to death and destruction.
We have a spiraling escalation of violence.
Led by the -- regime and they have -- in their hands to stop this arms that the regime it has.
Are not being used for external defense they're not being used for external planning their being used to kill their own citizens.
Especially civilians women.
And children and men.
At the same time it appears this war could soon take another dramatic turn we're told the government is now using attack helicopters in addition to tanks troops artillery and mortars.
And according to secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
It appears those helicopters are coming from Russia.
Fox reports she's just like Jonathan -- live with more and Jonathan the UN is accusing the Syrian regime of carrying out really appalling atrocities against kids.
Yet they -- -- and it is quite a list of accusations of the United Nations has laid out against the sick here.
-- Syrian security forces -- some of what they say.
They are doing to children killing.
May mean torturing are resting rate paying -- and using them as human shields I spoke to the UN's.
Special representative for children and armed conflict over at the United Nations here in New York.
Earlier today and she told me that what is happening in Syria is some of the worst violence against children she has ever seen.
Lots of it's beyond hot making it's really -- nominee and get dvd -- shocked that anyone is capable of putting.
In this way.
What would your.
Direct message be to president Al -- and those of his forces who -- perpetrating these acts of violence and abuse against children.
Just stop these violations against candidates.
-- and you -- -- unacceptable.
And the special represented -- also warned the president -- -- that ultimately.
He will be held accountable for what the UN says all these crimes against children Trace.
Jonathan I want to go back to these helicopters the secretary of state making direct accusations now against Russia.
Yeah we've -- known for quite some time of course the Russia has been giving military supplies to the Syrians but the -- of state implied today.
That this is a new shipment of attack.
Helicopters that is going from Russia to Syria and remember these are exactly the type of helicopters -- -- -- increasingly being used by the Syrians.
In attacks against civilians.
-- a secular state earlier today listen.
We are concerned about the latest information we have that there are attack helicopters.
On the way from Russia to Syria.
Which will escalate to the conflict quite dramatically.
Now -- those sorts of comments -- likely to annoy the Russians but the secular state seems less concerned.
About angering the Russian government done more concerned about shaming it -- it's pot.
In the ongoing brutality in Syria Trace.
The fox -- chief correspondent Jonathan Hunt live and our New York studio Jonathan thank you.
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