ICRC aid convoy hopes to reach Homs soon, enter Baba Amro

March 2, 2012 11:47

GENEVA - A convoy carrying food and other aid expects to arrive in the Syrian city of Homs shortly and hopes to enter the shattered district of Baba Amro along with ambulances of the Syrian Red Crescent, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Friday.

"A joint ICRC and Syrian Arab Red Crescent team left Damascus this morning towards Homs with 7 truckloads of assistance including food and other assistance material," ICRC spokesman Hicham Hassan told Reuters in Geneva.

"Snow is making the movement of the convoy slower, but we hope to be in Homs within the hour. Red Crescent volunteers and ambulances are waiting in Homs for the convoy to arrive and we are hoping to enter Baba Amro as soon as possible," he said.

The ICRC received a "green light" from Syrian authorities on Thursday hours after rebels left the heavily bombarded area following a 26-day siege aimed at crushing a symbol of the revolt against President Bashar Assad.

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