February 25th, 2012
04:19 PM ET

Red Cross fails to negotiate more Homs evacuations

The Red Cross failed to reach a deal with Syrian authorities and opposition members Saturday for a break in fighting so wounded people could be evacuated from the besieged city of Homs, an agency spokesman said.

"There has been no evacuation from Homs today. We simply could not reach any kind of agreement," International Committee of the Red Cross spokesman Saleh Dabbakeh said from Damascus.

He said the ICRC will continue trying to negotiate for access.

The frustrated talks took place one day after Syrian forces agreed to a brief cease-fire in Homs to allow Red Crescent volunteer crews to evacuate seven wounded people, ICRC spokesman Hisham Hassan told CNN in a telephone interview. Twenty Syrian women and children, who were not hurt, were also evacuated, he said.

The ICRC has urged combatants to stop fighting for two hours each day to deliver humanitarian aid to Homs and other cities.

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  1. washeaFOXsubscriber?

    "Ron Paul" Western reinventions Inc.

    Posted By Not Available on 02/25/2012 @ 08:48 pm
    Shock, horror! Murdoch's Sun wants his readers back


    February 25, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. washeaFOXsubscriber?


    Posted By Not Available on 02/21/2012 @ 08:35 am
    Sometimes, infidelity can make a marriage stronger

    February 25, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Superman

    The red cross didnt fail but assad failed to see that he has cheated his own people

    February 26, 2012 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bill

    While these combatants stop for their prayers during the day, that might be a good time to dash in a scoop up the wounded and refugees.

    February 26, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. 1stSgt-Topkick

    What ever gives you the impression that the Syrian army is stopping it's shelling for prayers? Have you watched any YouTube videos that suggest that or heard from any of the people in Syria that such is the case?

    March 1, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |