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Syria: Russia Indicates Support For Two-Hour Daily Cease-Fire

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Russia has said it will support calls by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to hold daily two-hour cease-fires in Syria to help with the delivery of humanitarian aid.

On Tuesday the ICRC called for planned pauses in the fighting so that it could import vital medical equipment.

The organisation is meeting with the opposition Syrian National Council in Geneva on Wednesday to discuss proposals for the delivery of aid and other issues.

Red Cross spokesman Hisham Hassan told the Associated Press that its negotiations with the Syrian opposition are at an early stage, and that it "takes time" to “be in touch with all those who might have an impact in Syria.”

Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich, told the AP it was using its own contacts to help salve the humanitarian crisis.

It also voiced support for the Red Cross two-hour truce initiative.

Russia has previously opposed several measures proposed by other nations, and the Arab League, to stop the violence.

In January it used its United Nations Security Council veto to halt a resolution condemning Assad's regime, and has strongly condemned any suggestion of direct international intervention.

Russian foreign minister Segei Lavrov visited Syrian President Bashar al-Assad recently, after which he was cheered by a crowd of Syrian loyalists waving flags in his honour.

Also on Wednesday two foreign journalists, Sunday Times reporter Marie Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik, were killed in Homs.

Seven local activists were also injured in the attacks, part of a sustained assault on the city by Assad's forces which activists say has killed several hundred people over two weeks.

Activists also said that at least 100 people were killed in Syria on Tuesday.

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