February 24th, 2012
01:39 PM ET

7 people evacuated from Syrian city, Red Cross says

[Updated at 3:29 p.m. ET] Rescue crews evacuated a few wounded and sick women and children from the besieged Syrian city of Homs, a spokeswoman for the International Committee for the Red Cross said Friday.

The Red Crescent evacuated 7 injured people from the Baba Amr neighborhood in Homs on Friday, transporting them to the Al Amin hospital on the outskirts of the city, according to Hicham Hassan, Mideast spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Government forces have been shelling parts of the city - especially the neighborhood of Baba Amr, a bastion of anti-government sentiment - for about three weeks, damaging houses and other buildings and leaving many dead and wounded.

The shelling comes amid a nearly yearlong crackdown on people protesting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, activists have said.

In hard-hit Baba Amr, many homes have been destroyed by shelling, and streets were strewn with rubble, a CNN crew observed there last week. Hundreds have been living in makeshift shelters, having left their homes out of necessity or fear. The CNN crew reported that the shelters were running low on food, medical and other supplies.

Activists have reported several to tens of deaths daily in Homs since the shelling began three weeks ago.

The opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria claims more than 8,000 people have been killed throughout Syria since the uprising began last March.

Al-Assad has denied reports that his forces are targeting civilians, saying they are fighting armed gangs and foreign fighters bent on destabilizing the government. But many accounts inside the country say Syrian forces are killing civilians as part of a crackdown on anti-government opposition.

Friday's evacuations came as representatives of world powers met in Tunisia and called for a political solution in Syria, as well as what one diplomat called a "tsunami wave" of pressure that would peel away internal support for the embattled regime.

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  1. fernace

    Over 8000 people have been killed in 1 year of this civil uprising! I'm pretty sure they didn't volunteer to die so CNN can sell flakes! What an assinine, inconsiderate thing to say!!

    February 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      Where are the injured being taken by the Red Crescent? If its to nearby hospitals the Government can easily arrest them and imprison them. What good is that?

      February 24, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The DON

    diplomatic resolve is not going to fix this that's for sure

    February 24, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. The DON

    I cant understand how the world can sit by and watch innocent people getting gunned downed in the streets what's wrong with this world

    February 24, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • San Jose, CA

      I agree. A minority is repressing the majority all because Iran is in command of Assad.
      The Iranian regime is the epicenter of all terrorism. Regular Iranian folks
      Are suffering because of the regime's military expansionism.
      Hezbollah-Iran tax dollars
      Hamas- Iran's taxes[Iran despises Palestinian Sunni Islam HELLO!]
      The attempted takeover of Bahrain- Iranian tax dollars.

      I'm not a Jew or a Zionist. Not their sympathizer either.

      February 24, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • V-Man

      Easy answer: No Oil in Syria.

      February 24, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      The world can sit by and watch because it's up the Syrian People to stand up for their own rights. Any revolution imposed on the Syrian people will be worthless, the only real reform will come by their own blood and fists and it's simply not the job of outsiders to impose their will. History is replete with examples of how ineffective imposed government are. No the Syrian people need to pay for their freedom with their own blood and tears, they would never respect the cost of freedom if it's given to them without this sacrifice.

      February 24, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. high hopes


    The abuse by Asaad is not new. His father, before him, was brutal! It took a lot of courage to stand up against him. Courage like we haven't seen before. I salute them, as many others around the world. They have earned our support!

    February 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bob

    To the trolls pretending to be Americans...RELAX! The US isn't getting involved in this one. In the end, this will be a good case study in what happens when we (the west and NATO) heed the advice of most Muslims, China and Russia. More likely than not this war will spread beyond the borders of Syria into other hotbeds of Sunni/Shiite conflict. I'm sure China and Russia will help clean up the mess, though, right?

    In any event, from what I read most Muslims are willing to give both Iran and Syria the benefit of the doubt since they're standing up to the big bad US bully. If to prove a point and feel proud they are willing to let thousands of their own die, so be it! We get it...your hatred for us supersedes your compassion for your own...until that changes, it's best we just stay away and let you go at it! Have you seen the protests and deaths about the burned Korans? They will riot and die over a book when it comes to westerners, but turn a blind eye to the thousands of Muslims dying in Syria...and most mention Israel as a counterweight, even though no where near that number of Palestinians have died in 20 years. Best of luck to you...give us a call when you're ready to join the 21st century.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • General Mehdi Dr Bad

      Funny How you Forget you Started it.

      February 24, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ma & pa

    Temporary cease-fire? Run for their lives. Home and possessions may be lost, but they can't take it with them anyway if they're dead. Alive they can rebuild what material things that might be lost. At least get the innocents, the children, to safety.

    February 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. San Jose, CA

    Russia is an ally of Iran and Syria for 2 reasons-

    We all know russia supplies the guns.

    Russia is in a Shia alliance to protect itself.
    Former Soviet-occupied Muslim states
    are overwhelmingly Sunni . Iran is the russian's proxy. Iran, then brings Iraq, Syria, Lebanon , and a failed attempt in Bahain under their crescent, ultimately Russia's cicle[sp.?]

    February 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kit in Silver Spring

      Don't forget that Russia has a naval base there.

      February 25, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. Emile

    I would have thought the former first lady, Hiliary Clinton would have learned her lesson with what has transpired in Libya, she was one of the first to recognize the opposition to Gaddafi as the legitimate government of Libya, this so called "legit" oppostion is now composed of over 200 militia gangs ruling Libya with vigilanti justice. Very far from "democracy". Now she pretends she doesn't see that and is also one of the first to recognise the Syrian oppositon as the legit government of Syria. Wake up Mrs Clinton , since when is the U.S.fighting on the same side as el queda. Worse still , she is even willing to arm them, how short sighted can this woman be,

    February 24, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      What you are seeing in Libya is a people that aren't going to roll over and let the next dictator take over. By holding on to their guns they prevent the "leaders" from appointing themselves in charge and anointing the next dictator. Yes it leads to instability and there is a chance Libya could become a "failed" state, but if the state can't succeed without a brutal dictator is the state even real or is it a concoction of a colonial world that should have never existed in the first place? I'm willing to give Libya time to sort things out, after what they went through it might take several years for things to settle down and the volunteer citizen soldiers to return to their civilian jobs. I think it's unlikely that they'll divide into the tribal states that proceeded colonial intervention but it could happen but that isn't necessarily bad if that's the government people want.

      February 24, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. strannick9412

    Reblogged this on Strannick9412's Blog.

    February 24, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. nan

    I can't bear to see 5 year olds running down a street alone under sniper fire and people are whining about the palestinians! good lord, get a grip. these syrians are begging for US help, even israeli help! they're dying! the palestinians brought on their own mess by trying to slaughter the jews in israel back in the late 40's WITH the help of a bunch of other arab states and they LOST! they can't get over it. syria is entirely a different situation. the men, women and children are dying in the hundreds and thousands by their own supposed government. also, if you intend to blog, please try to spell correctly.

    February 24, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Nan, I agree with you wholeheartedly. The Jewish government agreed to the British mandate, giving 22% of the land to the Palestinians and the remainder to the Israeli's. This was unacceptable to the Arab high committee and thus a civil war broke out and Israel declared statehood in 1948. There were approximately 700,000 arabs who fled the area as refugees. In the 1948 Arab Israeli war, Israel was attacked by multiple Arab nations, with Israel winning the war and another 26% of the mandated territory. Jordan took possession of the West Bank and Egypt took the Gaza Strip. In the 6 day war in 1967 Israel was victorious and took the remainder of the mandated land. They also took the West Bank and Gaza back from the Jordanians and Egyptians. Had the Arab nations accepted the original British mandate that Israel had originally accepted and had they not gotten greedy and attacked Israel, they would not have the issue they have today and the Palestinian people would have had a homeland and a "nation"" they could have called their own. This is the price they pay for greed and for the Arab nations ganging up on and attacking Israel. Lesson learned.

      February 24, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. james Peter

    I believe America and her allies NATO states can help to end killings in syria but I don't find the reason why have failed to take immediate actions against Assad!

    February 24, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Get the BadGuy

      That's easy! One word, OBAMA. He is unable to do anything. The so-called leader of the free world is inedpt in doing anything constructive. Look at his record over the last 3 years. Nothing has been done.except spending with no results. The free world is helpless as long as he is the President.

      February 24, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. EVN

    The military strategists all see problems with a "boots on the ground" campaign. Are boots on the ground really needed to stop the massacre of Syrian civilians? Assad is a butcher and a terrorist of his own people, so why not send a few cruise missiles to him, and those around him? The missles don't even need to kill the POS – they just need to be sent with the message that the killing of civilians either stops, or there will be more of the same the next day, and the day after that, until Assad finally heeds the message, or someone close to him decides to put a bullet in his head.

    Assad would get the message, and even if he didn't, a significant number of those supporting him would soon change their minds. And really, what could the Syrian military do in response to clear attempts to assassinate Assad unless he stops? This doesn't have to be regime change. Systematic targeting of a butcher and those around him until he stops is all that is called for.

    Sure, targeting leaders is against "rules" of engagement – but why bother with the niceties of rules of engagement when the target is butchering unarmed civilians pretty much at will?

    February 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. David in NC

    Stay out of this war!!!! It is past time that our gov. looked after us instead of spending our money on wars that have nothing to do with national security.

    February 24, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bill

    Finally we're seeing the Red Crescent and maybe some other Arab/Muslim agencies and nations get into the fray there. Western nations, also called the infidels who they've condemned to death repeatedly, aught to let these primitive tribes put their own lands in order for a change and stop trying to interfere and drag them kicking and screaming into the 21st century! So far, our futile efforts have cost far too much in life and limb and dollars. Sad to see such carnage but that's what they apparently have thrived on for centuries.

    February 25, 2012 at 6:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Kit in Silver Spring

      The Syrian Red Crescent and the International Committee of the Red Cross have been there from the outset – they just haven't been getting the press coverage.

      February 25, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. 4commonsensenow

    The only thing to say in this situation and story is that I hope and say a prayer for more innocents to make it to safety.

    February 25, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
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