ICRC seeking to clinch humanitarian truce in Syria

By REUTERS
February 22, 2012 16:20

 
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GENEVA - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Wednesday it was pursuing contact with anyone wielding "influence" in Syria to clinch an immediate ceasefire to enable life-saving aid to reach civilians trapped by fighting.

ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger was due to hold talks later in the day in Geneva with Basma Kodmani, a senior official of the opposition Syrian National Council (SNC).

The independent aid agency appealed to Syrian authorities and rebels on Tuesday to agree a two-hour truce each day to allow supplies to reach civilians and evacuate the growing number of wounded in the besieged city of Homs and elsewhere.

"The situation is difficult and we are worried it is deteriorating," ICRC chief spokeswoman Carla Haddad told Reuters TV on Wednesday. "Everybody is focused on Homs but we shouldn't turn a blind eye to what is happening in other areas.

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