Red Cross pushes for access to besieged Qusair, Syria

By REUTERS
June 3, 2013 17:23

GENEVA - The International Committee of the Red Cross said on Monday it was still seeking a formal Syrian response to its request for urgent access to the besieged town of Qusair after a minister said aid efforts should wait until the fighting was over.

Humanitarian groups say as many as 1,500 wounded people may be trapped in Qusair by fighting between rebels and President Bashar Assad's forces, who are backed by fighters from Lebanon's militant Shi'ite group Hezbollah.

At least 80,000 people have lost their lives in the two-year uprising against Assad, whose Alawite minority is an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam.


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