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Kellenberger President of the ICRC.(Photo by: Dennis Balibouse/Reuters)
ICRC seeking to clinch humanitarian truce in Syria
Assad forces kill 19 in Homs, including 2 journalists; Syrian troops raid northern villages, killing 27; US hints at arming rebels.
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).

Also Wednesday, two Western journalists were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Homs when shells hit the house they were staying in, opposition activists and witnesses said.

They were named as Marie Colvin, an American working for Britain's Sunday Times newspaper, and French photgrapher Remi Ochlik.

A witness told Reuters by phone that shells hit the house where the journalists were staying and a rocket hit them as they were escaping.
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