Liberman: Israel prepared to provide aid to Syria

In meeting with Bulgarian president, FM says, "impermissible to resign to daily killing in Syria"; Red Cross denied entry to Homs.

By JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS
March 2, 2012 19:02
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Liberman meets with counterpart Mladenov

Liberman meets with counterpart Mladenov 390 . (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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Israel is prepared to provide humanitarian aid to victims of the clashes in Syria at any moment that it is asked, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman told Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev in a meeting in Sofia on Friday.

Liberman said, "it is impermissible to resign to the bloodshed and daily killing of innocent people in Syria." Earlier Friday, Liberman met with Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolai Mladenov.

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Meanwhile, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reported 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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