Red Cross Enters Homs

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A man carries a small girl during fighting in the Bab Tudmor neighborhood of the restive city of Homs, some 160kms north of the Syrian capital Damascus on February 25, 2012. China called for an end to violence in Syria on March 4, 2012, as the regime of Bashar al-Assad sparked international outrage by blocking aid from reaching the battered Baba Amr flashpoint in Homs city.

The Red Cross began handing out aid in the Syrian city of Homs Sunday after government troops had blocked access for days and prevented them from delivering supplies to besieged residents. Food and blankets were given to families who fled the neighborhood of Baba Amr and took shelter in nearby villages. People in Baba Amr had faced a humanitarian crisis as electricity, water, and communications have been cut off in cold temperatures, and food was running low. Some residents were killed when they ventured out to look for food.