Red Cross says has Syrian okay to enter Baba Amro

By REUTERS
March 1, 2012 19:26

GENEVA - Syrian authorities agreed on Thursday that the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) could enter the shattered Baba Amro district of Homs on Friday, an ICRC spokesman said.

"The Syrian Red Crescent and ICRC have received a green light from the authorities to go to Baba Amro tomorrow, Friday, in order to bring in much needed assistance including food and medical aid and to carry out evacuation operations," ICRC spokesman Hicham Hassan told Reuters in Geneva.

Syrian authorities also gave the ICRC "positive indications" on Thursday regarding the agency's Feb. 21 request for a daily two-hour ceasefire to deliver life-saving relief supplies to civilians, he said.

The green light came hours after Syrian rebels left Baba Amro after a 26-day military siege aimed at crushing a symbol of the revolt against President Bashar Assad.

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