Friday, March 2, 2012

Syria 'green lights' aid into hard-hit Baba Amr

Aid w\orkers are given the "green light" to evacuate the wounded, the ICRC says
(CNN) -- Aid workers were given the go-ahead by President Bashar al-Assad's government to begin evacuating the wounded and delivering supplies Friday to the shattered rebel stronghold in Homs as reports emerged that Syrian forces turned attention to other targets in the city.
Opposition reports of shelling and sniper attacks in Sunni-dominated neighborhoods follow news that Syrian forces seized Baba Amr, a flashpoint in a nearly year-long uprising that has left thousands dead.
The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have "received the green light" to enter Baba Amr, Carla Haddad Mardini, an ICRC spokeswoman, said.
She predicted the humanitarian aid and evacuation operations would be made more complex because snow was falling in the city.
Even as the Syrian government agreed to allow aid into the neighborhood, the U.N. Security Council unanimously called on al-Assad to grant immediate access to its humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos. Read More...


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