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The Red Cross makes a U-turn in Homs

(B2) The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), as well as the Syrian Red Crescent, have been trying for several days to evacuate the wounded stranded in the city of Homs in Syria. Fighting has been incessant in the city for almost two weeks. The Syrian army and the opponents had both accepted a request for a temporary pause requested by the ICRC on Tuesday June 19. But last night (Thursday June 21 to Friday June 22), the Red Cross reported that they had to turn back while trying to access the historic city center, after shots rang out. “ Our main priority, which is also that of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, is to evacuate the wounded and sick to safer places, where they can be cared for. », explains Ms. Mégevand-Roggo, head of ICRC operations in the region.  « We also want to evacuate civilians who have not been able to flee the combat zone and provide the local Red Crescent with badly needed medical and other relief supplies. »

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