Peace envoy warns Syria conflict could set region 'ablaze'
Syria (AFP) - International peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has warned that the Syria conflict risks setting the region "ablaze", as clashes broke out across the border with Lebanon.
Even as Mr Brahimi appeared to be winning support within Syria for a ceasefire, rebels shot down an army helicopter on Wednesday while a fierce battle for the Damascus-Aleppo highway raged around the northwestern town of Maaret al-Numan.
The UN and Arab League envoy warned of the conflict spreading as he visited neighbouring Lebanon, the latest leg of a Middle East tour aimed at ending more than 19 months of bloodshed.
"This crisis cannot remain confined within Syrian territory," the veteran trouble-shooter told reporters.