Some aid reaches Syria's Homs as Syrians flee to border

Some aid reaches Syria's Homs as Syrians flee to border

Aleppo : Syria | Mar 04, 2012 at 9:59 PM PST
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The International Red Cross and the Syrian Red Crescent Sunday began distributing humanitarian aid in a village near Homs. However, they have not been able to enter the Bab Amro district. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it had received the green light from the Syrian authorities to operate in Bab Amro and hope to make this later Sunday. The opposition accuses the regime of Bashar al-Assad of delaying this humanitarian operation in order to prevent aid workers from witnessing the "massacres" that took place in the Sunni neighborhood since the ground assault by the Syrian army started three days ago.

Meanwhile, Between 1,000 to 2,000 refugees on Sunday fled the violence in Syria across the border and into northern Lebanon, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) confirmed. "Between 1,000 and 2,000 (Syrians) are in the process of arriving in Lebanon, "said Jean-Paul Cavalieri, UNHCR deputy representative in Lebanon.

"The numbers will be clearer in the coming hours. This is what we know of our field teams and local authorities," he was quoted as saying. A Reuters correspondent on the Lebanese border said they could hear the bombing in the Syrian side, from the town of Kousair, which is located 12km from the border. The reporter said civilians, mainly women and children, fled their country to Lebanon.

Moreover, after the regime forces took control on Baba Amro, Homs, violence continues in other towns, including Rastan, Hama, Deraa, Idleb and Deir Ezzor.

Opposition sources claim firefights took place in Rastan (20 km north of Homs) Sunday. They added the regime forces plan an offensive against al-Qusayr (15 km southwest of Homs ). These two towns have become a shelter for people, who escaped Homs.

Four children were among seven civilians killed in shelling by regime forces of the mainly opposition-held city of Rastan.The victims included six family members killed when a rocket slammed into their home, Activists told Alarabiya news.

For its part, the Syrian state agency SANA reported about clashes Sunday between soldiers and insurgents in the neighborhood Masha 'in Hama.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that clashes between Syrian regime forces and Free Syrian Army were reported in Jebel Zawiya in Syria's north, and activists said government forces had used tear gas to end an anti-Assad protest of around 1,000 people in the northern city of Aleppo.

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Some aid reaches Syria's Homs as Syrians flee to border
After a month of bombardment by President Bashar al-Assad's forces, concerns mounted for freezing, hungry and wounded civilians in Homs.Source: Alarabiya news
saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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