Sunday, March 4, 2012

Red Cross hopes to enter Homs as Syria boils

(Reuters) - The Red Cross hoped to deliver vital aid to the Syrian city of Homs on Sunday but troops were still stopping it getting through despite government permission, three days after rebels were flushed out of their besieged stronghold.

"We have the green light, we hope to enter, we hope today is the day," said the International Committee of the Red Cross's Damascus-based spokesman Saleh Dabbakeh, declining to give further details about what he said were sensitive talks with Syrian officials.

"We are very concerned about the people in Baba Amro," he said, referring to the isolated Homs neighborhood.

After a month of bombardment by President Bashar al-Assad's forces, concerns mounted for freezing, hungry and wounded civilians in Homs. Opposition activists said aid workers were being kept out so they do not see Syrian army "massacres." Read More