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This terrible terrible situation, how can an army kill ther own people ??

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17162852

The Red Cross says it is resuming its attempts to rescue more Syrians trapped by shelling in the city of Homs.


On Friday it evacuated several people for the first time since the army began bombarding areas of Homs last month.

Thousands of people are trapped in the Baba Amr suburb of the city, including two injured foreign journalists.

Meanwhile, international pressure is mounting on President Bashar al-Assad to end his government’s 11-month crackdown on opponents.

Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary general who has been appointed the UN and Arab League’s envoy to Syria, called for all parties to co-operate in finding a peaceful solution to the crisis.

‘Desperate situation’

On Friday, three Syrian Arab Red Crescent ambulances evacuated 20 women and children as well as seven sick or wounded people from Baba Amr, which government forces have subjected to days of heavy bombardment.

On Saturday, ICRC spokesman Sean Maguire said workers were still in Homs and negotiating with the Syrian authorities.

State TV broadcast footage of injured people being evacuated from Homs “We’re discussing again who we can get out and how we can get them out and when we can get them out – focusing on the most seriously injured as a priority,” he said.

One UK-based activist, Abdul Omar, told the BBC that some activists were concerned to see Syria Red Crescent ambulances, rather than ICRC vehicles, being used to evacuate people and did not want to get into them.

“We know that the Syrian regime has in the past used Red Crescent ambulances to pretend that they are rescue operations but they have ended up arresting individuals, arresting civilians and taking them to prison,” he said.

But Saleh Dabbakeh, an ICRC spokesman in Damascus, told the BBC: “There is absolutely no difference between the ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent who is our main partner in the country and … is playing a major part in this evacuation.”

The injured and dying in Homs are being treated in makeshift clinics with limited supplies. The residential districts are defended by lightly armed rebel soldiers calling themselves the Free Syrian Army.

Among the injured are two foreign journalists, Frenchwoman Edith Bouvier and Briton Paul Conroy, who were caught in an attack on a makeshift media centre on Wednesday. The bodies of journalists Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik, killed in the same attack, also remain there.

The BBC’s Jim Muir, reporting from Beirut, says there are suggestions the wounded journalists had chosen to stay behind, insisting that the International Red Cross should be involved and that more Syrians be evacuated as well.

Syria’s Sana state media said “armed gangs” in Baba Amr had refused to hand the journalists over to ambulance crews.

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It’s quite distressing to see two permanent members of the Security Council using their veto while people are being murdered. It is just despicable”
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Hillary Clinton

US Secretary of State

Urgency and frustration at Syria talks
US anger

Diplomatic efforts to stop the killings in Syria were stepped up on Friday with a meeting of the “Friends of Syria” group in the Tunisian capital, Tunis.

Delegates from 70 countries issued a declaration calling on the Damascus government to end violence immediately, allow humanitarian access, and permit the delivery of relief supplies.

The declaration also vowed to step up sanctions on Syria, including travel bans, asset freezes, ending oil trade, reducing diplomatic links and preventing arms shipments.

The conference endorsed the main opposition umbrella group, the Syrian National Council, as a “credible” voice of opposition but stopped short of declaring it a plausible government-in-waiting.

The council has warned that military intervention might be the “only option” to remove the Assad regime.

Western and Arab nations have so far rejected the idea of a foreign mission similar to the one that helped to topple Muammar Gaddafi in Libya.

But speaking in Tunis, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal backed the idea of arming Syria’s opposition.

“I think it is an excellent idea… because they have to protect themselves,” he said.

Russia and China, who vetoed a UN Security Council resolution on Syria last month, did not attend the conference.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said it was “distressing” to see them use their veto “while people are being murdered”.

“It is just despicable and I ask whose side are they on? They are clearly not on the side of the Syrian people,” she said.

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