Red Cross: Syrian authorities blocking access to city of Homs

By REUTERS
July 24, 2013 16:32

GENEVA - Syrian authorities are blocking access to the old city of Homs, where trapped civilians are in dire need of food and medical supplies, the Red Cross said on Wednesday.

"We have been trying for close to 20 days now to bring medical supplies and other aid to the old city of Homs," Magne Barth, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in Syria, said in a statement.

"Despite lengthy negotiations with both sides, and three trips back and forth between Damascus and Homs, we have still not received the go-ahead from the Syrian authorities," he said.


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