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article imageRed Cross evacuation from Homs postponed by shelling

By Paul Iddon
Jun 21, 2012 in Politics
Red Cross teams are still unable to enter the Syrian city of Homs to evacuate civilians caught in the war zone due to shelling.
Following the agreement by both warring sides to temporarily abide by a two hour truce to allow civilians trapped and in mortal danger in Homs to be evacuated by the Red Cross the organization is still unable to enter the city.
According to BBC News and Reuters shelling by government forces in residential areas of the city is still preventing them from carrying out their evacuation plan.
The International Committee of the Red Cross has said that its aid workers were forced by shooting and shelling to turn back on their way into Homs because of the danger. An activist named Abu Salah has called the shelling 'relentless" and has added that it has been "intensifying" since "the army has no intention of relieving the humanitarian situation," because "they want Homs destroyed."
The Guardian has reported that after talks with Russian President Vladamir Putin at the G20 summit in Mexico U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron are strongly considering granting Assad clemency if he agrees to join to cooperate with a UN sponsored conference at Geneva to cooperate with a political transition in the war ravaged country he presently presides over.
Some 15,000 people are believed to have been killed in the now 15-month old uprising.
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