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    Red Cross Begins Homs Evacuations

    In this photo taken during a government-organised tour for media, A Syrian boy walks past a burnt house and shops, in the town of Rastan in the central province of Homs, Syria, on Thursday Oct. 13, 2011. Rastan recently witnessed some of the most intense clashes since the uprising began in mid-March. Syrian army took the town earlier this month after a five-day offensive. Syrian troops clashed Thursday with armed men believed to be military defectors in a southern village and a northwestern town, killing at least 13 people in the latest sign that the 7-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad is becoming increasingly militarized, activists said. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

    Muzaffar Salman / AP Photo

    Following U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s warning that Assad would “pay a heavy cost” if he continued to block aid, a mission to evacuate wounded people in the besieged city of Homs is at last underway. The International Committee of the Red Cross confirmed that the rescue mission began on Friday evening. Working with volunteers from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, the ICRC staff members said they had negotiated evacuations of women and children with both government and rebel forces in the district of Baba Amr, a rebel stronghold in Homs. Though seven people have been taken to local hospitals, four Western journalists—two wounded and two who were killed in Homs—have not yet been evacuated.

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