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. Airport in Calgary

    All freedom loving nations should support the Syrian people as they fight and die for their liberty.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Thankful

    May God help us all. Pray for peace. In Jesus of Nazareth name. Amen

    February 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frankie

      Better yet, donate a few dollars to really help your fellow human beings. Jesus of Nazarene is as absent as Zeus!

      February 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Christopher

    We stand with all Syrians as they win their liberty. Stay strong Syria. Keep up the good fight.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • high hopes

      God, be with them, every one.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sixstring

    My heart goes out to the Syrian people being killed. Especially the children. Hope it will end soon.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. reader

    Syria is a bad situation i agree we should not be the worlds police but whats happening in syria is mass murder. We have the best equipped military to handle this situation, there pushing us to conflict one way or another we will be at war with syria and most likely iran

    February 24, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    We have a temporary ceasefire going on. Allow all who want out to leave now. Those who choose to stay have nothing more to biatch about.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick-o

      except for the fact that their home will be burnt to the ground along with all of their possessions

      February 24, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • high hopes

      Biatching?

      Is that what you call it?

      Telling how a bobcat in a hat would complain about the activity of the Red Cross and try to turn humanitarian aid into an eviction notice.

      Get back to your worms... suits you!

      😀

      February 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      Not me @ 2: 26 Troll

      February 24, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      @ high hopes

      I'm sorry you feel that way, especially since it wasn't me that posted. Thought you were ok. You showed me your colors. And if you could, please epand on that worm remark. I don't understand what you're trying to say.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • high hopes

      Just curious, if it wasn't you, why haven't you deleted the comment, or change it like you did in the worm thread?

      As for knowing me or seeing true colors. This is a blog. Few people actually know eachother.

      February 24, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Terri

    I don't like the idea of being the world's policeman and having our citizens put in harms way because of a tyrannical president in another country. If we turn a blind eye, though, the same thing could happen here. I don't think many of the people who complain about Obama here would like it if they were to be targeted and killed by the government because of their political beliefs. It's probably better, though if humanitarian aid comes from private donations, though instead of government funds. Our deep pockets are getting a little shallow and have more lint than money.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • ...

      there isn't enough money on the planet to take care of everything with money. we have to help each other. that's just the way it is. it takes money, yes, but mostly we have to help each other. this political stuff is just crap. elite corporations already know there isn't enough money on the planet...even though they would like whatever money is there to run into their pockets...it won't work for the rest of us. we HAVE TO help each other. it just is what it is.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    @banasy

    Did you notice the initial of the last name of your "caps lock" citing? He he 🙂

    February 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    @banasy
    Did you notice the initial of the last name of your "caps lock" citing? He he 🙂

    February 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kingsford kwofie

    May the mercy of God fall on us all amen.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Oh look! Duplicate comment...look as if I already said that!

    February 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Christopher

    How would America have faired in our revolution with the British without the help of the French? We'd still be having tea with crumpets. The Syrian people need an ally.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. sixstring

    We wouldn't have to send troops. All the UN has to do is enforce a no-fly zone in Syria, then let the arab league continue to arm the rebels. I'm sure after what they've been through, the Syrian people have more than enough will to defeat their oppressors.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. us1776

    al-Assad, children being killed by sniper bullets is this fighting your mythical "terrorists"?

    .

    February 24, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rudy

    US has no business to get involved. All you have there is a fight between one arab and another. At least the Christians were protected. The so call opposition is nothing other than the Arab or Muslim brotherhood and the imported Alcaida. Stop the crocodile tears. Whomsover you want to support is your business. Just open your wallet and do not try to get us imvolved. If you want to go and fight for them then do so, it will be and it should, your funeral and not ours

    February 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • edwardo69

      All innocent people should be protected from such violence. We stood idolly by, while Hitler exterminated hundreds of thousands. Do we really have to stand back, while history repeats itself?

      February 24, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Acaraho

      You are so shortsighted to think that anything separates us from them. When people are being murdered it doesn't matter what color, religion, ethnicity, or political ideology they are. As human beings we all must stop genocide wherever it occurs no matter what. What have the Holocaust, Srebrenica, the Cambodian Killing Fields and the many other genocides taught you? The longer we stand around and do nothing the more innocent people die.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • oneyeopen

      edwardo69 – Hitler killed Jews because he felt they were a lower class people. This is not even close to comparison. This is revolution in it's crudest form. I don't want innocents killed anymore then the next. But if the opposition wants to don uniforms and take the battle to another place I'm sure the Syrian army will meet their request. Don't try to rationalize involvement by using Hitler.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rudy

      Edward69. There you go again Hitler. I supposeyou forgot Napoleon and most Importantly Alexander the Great, The biggest killers in the Universe whose attrocities surpassed Attila the Hunt.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • AndyM

      Really Eduardo? Where were you in 1994, when 800 thousand Rwandan's were massacred in 4 months? Where was international intervention then? What no oil in Rwanda? And who cares, its just a bunch of black people?

      February 24, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert M Smith

      The Sheep and the Goats
      31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
      34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

      37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

      40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

      41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

      44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

      45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

      46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

      February 24, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diane from Ohio

      Wow Rudy you sound like you know a bit or two about that region. Ha....for anyone THAT does know....you have missed the mark completely. First off...this is not Arab against Arab...it is a government against its own civilians! It is not Muslim brotherhood or Alqaida. (that just makes it sound exciting to you and your friends) And secondly, many Christians are being killed as well. Only Alawite neighborhoods have been spared, and yet some of their own blood has been spilled as not all of them agree with the government, but the majority are staying low-key to avoid a secular internal war.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • no

      "Attila the Hunt" !?! You sure are a smart one aren't you?

      February 24, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • General Mehdi Dr Bad

      Funny, You And Clinton Started It. Now You dump It On Every One else. Blame every One Else.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • jrw

      Seriously? Alcadia?

      February 24, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      As unlikely as it seems, Rudy, if the shoe were to be on the other foot, I would want all able countries to stop the vicious attacks that my own government was launching on innocent, unarmed people, the least of which are women and children. It's genocide, and cannot be tolerated. Jesus would want to help, you call yourself a Christain? Is that all that concerns you? And the correct spelling is al Qaeda, who by the way make up less than a millionth of a percentage of all peace-loving Muslims. You come off like a typical redneck, only concerned about you and yours, completely devoid of compassion, pretty much clueless, and yet you think you know it all. Go crack yourself a beer and stew in your own negatiity, do us all a favor, buddy.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • sanchanim

      They have every right to be involved. If you want to be an isolationist, get off the internet and go and live in a cave somewhere. Set aside the bloodshed from a tyrant leader, an unstable Syria is not good for the region itself. Turkey Israel, and Lebanon need Syria stabilized now! If it means killing Assad fine... Get it over with.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank Woodruff

      A bullet or five inch shell when it passes over a city doesn't care who it kills. Like you though I don't want our troops in Syria fighting yet another war.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • mattqu

      It is the duty of every person to protect the human rights of others. I do not condone military action against Syria, but we cannot ignore the slaughter that is going on in Syria right now. We need to immediately start taking active economic action against Syria. What kind of message does it send to the world that we won't let Iran develop nuclear power and yet we'll stand idly by while a country slaughters their own people? We need to freeze all Syrian assets held in out of country banks and we need direct action from the Arab League.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
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