ICRC sees Syria conflict dragging on for months

March 5, 2012 14:11

GENEVA - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Monday that Syrian authorities were still blocking its access to the battered Homs district of Baba Amro and that it feared the conflict in Syria would rage on for months.

Yves Daccord, ICRC director-general, voiced concern for the fate of civilians still trapped in freezing temperatures in Baba Amro in need of food, water and medical care and said negotiations continued with the military and government.

"At the moment we are blocked by the Syrian army and government," Daccord said in an interview with Swiss Radio and Television (RTS).

"We hope to get in to Baba Amro today (Monday), we have to be firm and not give up. The negotiations are being led on site in Homs with military commanders and also in Damascus," he said.

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