Red Cross: Negotiating halt to Syria fighting to take aid

By REUTERS
February 20, 2012 19:04

GENEVA - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) told Reuters on Monday that it was negotiating with Syrian authorities and opposition fighters on a "cessation of fighting" to bring life-saving aid to civilians hardest hit by the conflict.

Diplomatic sources told Reuters that the Geneva-based ICRC, the only international agency deploying aid workers in Syria, is seeking a two-hour cessation of hostilities in hotspots including Homs.

"The ICRC is exploring several possibilities for delivering urgently needed humanitarian aid. These include a cessation of fighting in the most affected areas to facilitate swift Syrian Arab Red Crescent and ICRC access to the people in need," chief ICRC spokeswoman Carla Haddad told Reuters. 

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