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Syrian Free Army blocks Syrian Red Crescent ambulances

February 26th, 2012

“… Nadir Husseini, an activist in Bab Amr, said people in the neighbourhood were suspicious of the ICRC’s local partner, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, and did not want to work with a group “under the control of the regime”.


The ICRC denied this, saying the Syrian Red Crescent was an independent organisation.
“Their volunteers are risking their lives on a daily basis to help everyone with no exceptions,” Hicham Hassan, ICRC spokesperson, said in Geneva.
The ICRC said the Syrian Arab Red Crescent had evacuated a total of 27 people from Bab Amr on Friday. On Saturday, it carried out two evacuations in other neighbourhoods in Homs.
The injured were taken to a privately owned local hospital, the Red Cross said.
A journalist involved in Saturday’s negotiations told the AFP news agency that ambulances entered rebel stronghold Baba Amr twice in the afternoon but were blocked by the Free Syrian Army…

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