Red Cross chief braces for the worst in Libya conflict

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The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Thursday that he was braced for an intensification of the conflict in Libya, suggesting it amounted to a civil war.

"We always have to prepare for the worst. In this specific case, we have to prepare for a further intensification of the fighting," said Jakob Kellenberger, ICRC president.

Giving an assessment of the situation on the ground, he said: "My understanding now is that we have now a non-international armed conflict and I have no problem with the term civil war."

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