Assad troops 'fired Scud-type missiles at Syrian rebels'
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's troops have fired Scud missiles at rebel fighters in the country, US officials have said.
According to US and NATO officials, a number of short-range, unguided ballistic missiles had been launched.
The US State Department would not confirm the type, but said missiles had been deployed.
It said Syria was resorting to "more vicious weapons," the BBC reports.
"Allied intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets have detected the launch of a number of unguided, short-range ballistic missiles inside Syria this week. The trajectory and distance travelled indicate they were Scud-type missiles," the report quoted an, official, as saying.
According to the report, US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said she was not going to comment on "the intelligence of precise missiles", but confirmed that "in recent days we have seen missiles deployed".
"As the regime becomes more and more desperate, we see it resorting to increased lethality and more vicious weapons moving forward," she said.