Syria: Red Cross Attempting To Bring Field Ambulances Into Homs

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First Posted: 24/02/2012 17:12 Updated: 24/02/2012 19:51

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has begun to evacuate wounded journalists from the embattled Syrian city of Homs, according to reports.

The ICRC said it had evacuated at least seven people form the city.

According to the Guardian, the Red Cross said: "ICRC and SARC are in Bab Amro since this afternoon and are negotiating with the Syrian authorities and the opposition in and attempt to evacuate everyone who needs it without exception

However reports also emerged from activist network Avaaz that the Syrian Red Crescent was allowed greater access to the city.

While it evacuated 10 wounded residents and 30 women and children from Homs, the two wounded foreign journalists refused to leave without ICRC and a foreign diplomatic presence.

Alice Jay campaign director at Avaaz, said: "It is about time the seriously injured and most vulnerable are being evacuated but this stop gap measure is little more than political cover for the clawing Assad regime.

"The evacuated wounded represent a tiny fraction of the neighborhood’s desperate thousands. The shelling needs to stop now.

"What is needed an immediate ceasefire, a safe, secure humanitarian corridor out of Homs, and full ICRC access according to international law. Token gestures must be replaced by meaningful humanitarian action."

French journalists Edith Bouvier and William Daniels, injured in the attack which killed Sunday Times reporter Marie Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik, posted videos on YouTube yesterday pleading for help.

Earlier the organisation was criticised by activists who said it was ignoring injured locals in favour of foreign journalists.

"A vehicle from the International Red Cross car arrived to the field hospital in Baba Amr and asked for only the foreign reporters," the ANA said.

"Which is a violation... of all human rights laws in the world to not discriminate among injured people in their right to receive treatment to ensure they do not die."

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