The escalating bloodshed in Syria is threatening to blow into a full-fledged civil war. There are fears that the uprising, which began in March 2011 and shows no signs of dying down, may also spread to its border countries like Iraq, Turkey or Lebanon, thus further worsening the crisis in the region. Reports of violent crackdown by government are regularly coming from the region. So far, 15,000 people are reported to have lost their lives in the ongoing conflict. The West, the US and the Arab League have come out strongly against the regime for the atrocities, even imposing sanctions on the country, but the continued support of Russia is preventing the United Nations from imposing sanctions on the country.
Earlier this year, the UN proposed a six-point peace plan for the country. This called for UN-supervised ceasefire by all parties. Even though Syrian government had agreed to accept the peace plan, the reports of massacres allegedly committed by pro-government forces, speak otherwise.