March 2nd, 2012
03:17 AM ET

Syria "green lights" aid into hard-hit Baba Amr

Aid workers were given the go ahead by President Bashar al-Assad's government to begin evacuating the wounded and delivering supplies Friday to the shattered rebel stronghold in Homs as reports emerged that Syrian forces turned attention to other targets in the city.

Opposition reports of shelling and sniper attacks in Sunni-dominated neighborhoods follow news that Syrian forces seized Baba Amr, a flashpoint in a nearly year-long uprising that has left thousands dead.

The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have "received the green light" to enter Baba Amr, Carla Haddad Mardini, an ICRC spokeswoman, said.

She predicted the humanitarian aid and evacuation operations would be made more complex because snow was falling in the city.


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  1. leeintulsa

    snow? in syria? i guess it can happen.. just didn't think it did..

    March 2, 2012 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Strange days, indeed.
    Most peculiar, mama

    It's a start.

    March 2, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. leeintulsa

    "ok, everyone's dead now, you can come in.."

    March 2, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Is this a last chance for everyone who want's to get out, to leave ? Knowing what's coming after this cease fire, it would definitely behoove at least all women and children to get the hell out. Material property can be replaced, your lives are but one each.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. Greek American

    I doubt that the Red Cross will have the tools needed to evacuate all those who want to leave. Perhaps they can make somewhat of a difference and save some lives though.

    March 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    I truly apologize for appearing so cynical lately, but I'm just getting so weary from this constant barrage of SS/ND news.
    I don't know, maybe I am becoming desensitized.

    March 2, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Personally i believe this is all lies and a trick! Al-Assad didnt go to all this trouble to let help come in for these people now! As soon as the Red Cross trucks roll in with supplies they will be quickly confiscated!

    March 4, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |