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Syria Close to 'All Out War'

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People gather at a mass burial for the victims purportedly killed during an artillery barrage from Syrian forces in Houla in this handout image dated May 26, 2012. U.N. observers in Syria have confirmed that artillery and tank shells were fired at a residential area of Houla, Syria, where at least 108 people, including many children, were killed, the U.N. chief said on Sunday in a letter to the Security Council. REUTERS/Shaam News Network/Handout (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Rebels fighters are threatening to abandon the United Nations-backed ceasefire in Syria if the government doesn't stop violating it.

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(This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the full interview.)

We hear from the BBC's Paul Wood, who is just back from three weeks undercover in Syria, and who says the country is closer then ever to all-out civil war.

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