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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Syria: Assad To Allow Aid Into Beseiged City

The Red Cross has been granted permission to evacuate those in need from the beseiged Syrian city of Homs and to take food and medical supplies in.

Sean Maguire, spokesman of the International Committee of the Red Cross told Sky News that aid workers would go into the suburb of Baba Amr, which has suffered a month of bombardment by government forces.

He also said that while there tomorrow, it may be possible to recover the bodies of fallen western journalists Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik.

Speaking after claims that Baba Amr - a rebel stronghold - has been taken by the Assad regime, Mr Maguire said the Red Cross has no idea of how many wounded may be in the area or how many might need to be brought out.

Intense fighting in the region has led to the closure of the UK's embassy in Syria.

Fears among diplomats were heightened after a senior Assad regime official was quoted as saying the Baba Amr area of the city of Homs would be "cleansed". Read More