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By Orrin G. Hatch
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Topic - Mousab Azzawi
Fighting between rebels and Syrian forces intensified and spread across the capital of Damascus on Tuesday as diplomats scrambled to shore up a tough international response to the "civil war" ahead of a U.N. deadline for withdrawing observers.
Syrian security forces this week killed more than 200 people on the eve of a visit by international observers monitoring Syria's compliance with an Arab League peace plan, according to eyewitnesses, activists and opposition sources.
"What is happening in Jabal Zawiyeh is a genocide," Mousab Azzawi, chief coordinator with the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said in a phone interview from London.
"The regime is applying collective punishment," said Mr. Azzawi.