ICRC says not allowed to enter Baba Amro district in Homs

By REUTERS
March 2, 2012 19:53

GENEVA - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Friday that it was unable to enter the Homs district of Baba Amro on Friday, where it had hoped to bring in aid and evacuate the sick and wounded.

"The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent Society (SARC) were not allowed to enter the Baba Amr district of Homs today," ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger said in a statement issued in Geneva.

"It is unacceptable that people who have been in need of emergency assistance for weeks have still not received any help. We are staying in Homs tonight in the hope of entering Baba Amr in the very near future. In addition, many families have fled Baba Amr, and we will help them as soon as we possibly can."

Syrian authorities had given the independent agency a "green light" on Thursday to enter in Friday, the statement said without providing further details on what had prevented their humanitarian operation to start.

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