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. Justin

    You guys please do not believe everything you read. Most of these so called facts are non confirmable. I am an American and solemly do not believe that it is Assad's government doing this violence. He has gone on US nation news and disputed it. Why would he continue and not take credit for it???? This is someone else's workings on funding the rebel opposition groups to defect the Syrian government because of personal gain. That's why Assad has not backed down. I do not like the fact that innocent lives have been lost nor do I want more to die, but our actions can cause severe consequences. We as a country need to tell our government to stop all this propaganda and quit acting like they are wanting to help for humanitarian purposes. That is not their intentions im am sad to say and It is a shame.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Acaraho

      Are you a Syrian government sympathizer? The towns look like pictures of firebombed Germany after WW2. If Assad isn't creating all this destruction with his tanks and artillery then who is, rebels with hand guns? Give me a break.

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

      Right, because someone else's forces are driving those tanks down the street. This is either a troll post or the poster is incredibly misinformed.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • US Citizen

      quite the clueless statement. I suppose you believe everything you hear from your government as well. It must be nice to collect a government check and support the propoganda that comes with it. The rest of us will defend and support the weakest in all civilizations from the tryannists that possess the killing machines.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • AntiPsychos

      The point to consider here is that this "rebellion" is actually confined to the Baba Amr neighborhood of one city in a very large, spread out country. It is not a general uprising, it is small and concentrated, so pictures out of this area look like devastation. But even the majority of Homs itself is relatively normal. The bulk of Syria is getting along with everyday life. CNN is building this into something it is not in order to sell Corn Flakes.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Christopher

    Assad needs to get himself and his family out of Syria. It is no longer safe for them.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Acaraho

      He's going to end up at the end of a noose.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • General Mehdi Dr Bad

      You Need To Mind Your Own Business. All Of You.

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

    It's tragic.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. oneyeopen

    If the world wants involvement then the UN needs to get off it's a** and do something besides resolutions. Ask the UN memebers to commit troops to go in stop the bloodshed and broker a peace deal. But then again if the UN wanted to tell me (USA) what to do I'd tell them to go to hell. Where were they in Rhwanda?

    February 24, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fernace

    It's about time! al-Assad is a liar & a monster! Of course he's killing his own citizens, he's a dictator, "a leader who rules absolutely & often brutally!" When the people of such a country tries to stand up against a tyrannical regime, they need the support of those nations who can help! They are begging the world to help them! They're finally being heard!!

    February 24, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • high hopes

      May we continue to stand with them in peace, justice, equality, liberry and freedom!

      Their fight isn't over until Assad is ousted, once and for all!

      February 24, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • General Mehdi Dr Bad

      You Mean Like In Arbia, Bahrain, Yemen? And What happend to The wall Street Protesters? All GONE. Gestapo Got Them.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rudy

    Acaraho Just sush sush. Go and fight for them or open your wallet. The rest is garbage

    February 24, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. high hopes

    My Advise:

    Watch out for land mines, especially, along the Lebanon border!

    February 24, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • General Mehdi Dr Bad

      Yea, Jews Did Leave a LOT Of Land Mines There.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • high hopes

      Dr me bad:

      Go eat a worm!


      Make sure you chew your food.
      I'd hate to see you choke!

      February 24, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Emile

    what about those 8500 prosoners that are being tortured in libya by the miltias gangs which the Western countries so gingerly supported, a lot of these prisoners are just black people that were working in libya, how is it the UN does not cosider it a humanitarian crises? the UN, US , and international criminal court should try and go there to help those people, I agree with the previous comments that we should stop trying to find excuses to go in where we just simply don't belong. The civilians of Homs will stop dying when the "armed militants" stop fighting the Regine. Unfortunately these armed militias are being funded and supported by us Western coujtries, Russia and China are right. If i see what is happening in IRAQ AFHGANASTN and even in the "liberated" liyba so far we are 0 for 3. We don't need any more egg in our faces to wipe off. If the western contries could have their way they would start 2 more wars one with Syria and one with Iran. And also armingen the opposition is really dumb and short sighted as it will cause more deaths, remember over 40000 people dies in libya mostly on NATO's involvement,

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

      As Iran and Syria have a mutual defense pact, we can get TWO wars for the price of ONE! That's a bargain!

      February 24, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jokesterer

    People killing other people? Atrocious! When did this start happening?

    February 24, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe Clark

    What is actually the worst? Assad's military committing mass murders on a daily basis against innocent civilians or the free nations of the world that continue to stand by on the sidelines with their blinders on watching it all unfold?

    February 24, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Justin

    Emile You worded it best.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. fernace

    I agree that there have been many genocides & attrocities that have continued unchecked w/out the intervention of the world community & that was unconscionable! To me that makes this situation even more urgent! Let's not look away from this disaster, it may not be popular or easy to get involved, but it's the right thing to do! There are plenty of things we can do besides military action! They are humans & so are we! Let's behave humanely!!

    February 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Justin

    Joe Clark I understand you statements to be sincere, and I could probably say thats how all of us feel. We do not want anymore bloodshed, but I honestly do not think it is Assad causing the problem.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. firedude52

    oneyeopen......... doesn't really matter who and how you compare it to whether it be Hitler or whomever. Innocent people are dying at the hands of a dictator. Power hungry dictator. Look at Libya, Irag and Afgan for a few. Is Afgan any better off than it was before we went there and sacrificed many US lives? The Afgan gov for example doesn't even like us for Pete's sake. We went in and took out the killer dictators only to leave the countries destabilized. What did we accomplish in Iraq by intervening? It's as bad there now as it always has been, just we're gone thank God. A sad waste of US military lives. As long as Russia and China abstain nothing will be done anyway in Syria anyway. It's a sad deal any way you look at it.

    Bottom line is we the U.S. need to stay out of peoples business and let them deal with their own mess. Let the cards fall where they may. Our government can't even run our own country let alone another. We have enough problems here at home and the list is LONG. We had better clean our house before demanding or helping others clean theirs. The Middle East is and always will be a hot spot no matter what we do. We (the U&.S.) simply cannot be the worlds savior and rule the entire world. I'm glad we didn't put troops on the ground in Libya. We'd still be there fort years to come. The U.N. needs to solidify and do what needs to be done or walk and let them kill each other.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Glenn

    Hitler was the leader of the Nazi party that played upon and suduced many with their hatred of Jews. Let us not compare this with present day Syria. Sounds more like most revolutions.and not too far from our own American Revolution against a club fistedl British Government.. Self appointed leaders come and go – people die – the world moves on.. If I were King of the world, I know what I would do, but I'm not. Only our Heavenly Father in Heaven is.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Yes Israel is the counterpoint they have been commiting a slow genocide there for nearly 40 years, those are FACTS, using peoples children as human shields, building settlements in land that isn't there, Israel is as bad if not worse, if the US would withdraw all support from Israel and let them stand on their own then we WOULD be safe, we can tell the Jews here if they want to support Israel to move there, they are willing to slaughter American lives and put us at risk for a country not of our own, time to put the Jewish lobby where it belongs, back in Israel

      February 24, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • IBLocal

      Hmmmm, sounds sort of like Israel thought it was their manifest destiny to expand. Seems like I've heard that term used before somewhere..........

      February 24, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • General Mehdi Dr Bad

      Did You Know hitler? You Sound Like Hitler.

      February 24, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
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