The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) announced Sunday from Geneva that Syria is now classified to be in a civil war.
The Thursday attack on the town of Tremesh and the Sunday attack near the Syrian capital, Damascus, placed the fighting outside of the known war zones, which initiated the ICRC's decision, the New York Times said.
The only specific war zones, prior to the ICRC's decision, were the areas around Idlib, Homs and Hama, but now all of Syria will be held accountable under the laws of the Geneva Conventions, BBC News reported.
The Geneva Conventions forbid indiscriminate attacks on civilians, attacks on medical personnel, and the destruction of basic services like water or electricity, BBC News said.
If either the Syrian government or rebels do not abide by the Geneva Conventions, they will now be subject to prosecution of war crimes, BBC said.