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Mar 5, 2012

Some aid reaches Syria’s Homs

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Red Cross delivered emergency aid to areas around the battered Baba Amro district of the Syrian city of Homs Sunday, but was blocked for a third day from entering the former rebel bastion amid reports of bloody reprisals by state forces.

Activists reported shelling and other violence across Syria, sending one of the biggest surges of refugees across the border into Lebanon in a single day since a revolt against President Bashar al-Assad began a year ago.

Mar 5, 2012

Some aid reaches Syria’s Homs, refugees flee to border

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Red Cross delivered emergency aid to areas around the battered Baba Amro district of the Syrian city of Homs on Sunday, but was blocked for a third day from entering the former rebel bastion amid reports of bloody reprisals by state forces.

Activists reported shelling and other violence across Syria, sending one of the biggest surges of refugees across the border into Lebanon in a single day since a revolt against President Bashar al-Assad began a year ago.

Mar 4, 2012

Some aid reaches Homs as Syrians flee to border

BEIRUT, March 4 (Reuters) – The Red Cross delivered
emergency aid to areas around the battered Baba Amro district of
the Syrian city of Homs on Sunday, but was blocked for a third
day from entering the former rebel bastion amid reports of
bloody reprisals by state forces.

Activists reported shelling and other violence across Syria,
sending one of the biggest surges of refugees across the border
into Lebanon in a single day since a revolt against President
Bashar al-Assad began a year ago.

Mar 4, 2012

Red Cross hopes to enter Baba Amro as Syria boils

BEIRUT, March 4 (Reuters) – The Red Cross delivered
aid to areas around the battered Baba Amro district of the
Syrian city of Homs on Sunday, but was blocked from entering the
former rebel stronghold itself, three days after anti-government
fighters fled a month-long siege.

In a further indication civilians were being caught up in
the conflict, up to 2,000 Syrians fled into neighbouring
Lebanon, the U.N. Refugee Agency said.

Mar 4, 2012

Red Cross hopes to enter Homs as Syria boils

BEIRUT, March 4 (Reuters) – The Red Cross hoped to
deliver vital aid to the Syrian city of Homs on Sunday but
troops were still stopping it getting through despite government
permission, three days after rebels were flushed out of their
besieged stronghold.

“We have the green light, we hope to enter, we hope today
is the day,” said the International Committee of the Red Cross’s
Damascus-based spokesman Saleh Dabbakeh, declining to give
further details about what he said were sensitive talks with
Syrian officials.

Mar 4, 2012

Syrian forces pound Homs, tanks deploy in east

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian forces renewed their bombardment of parts of the shattered city of Homs and for a second day blocked Red Cross aid meant for civilians stranded without food and fuel in the former rebel stronghold, activists and aid workers said.

Army tanks also deployed in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor Saturday to confront a growing rebel force there – setting up another possible flashpoint, opposition campaigners said.

Mar 3, 2012

Syrian forces pound Homs again

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian forces bombarded parts of the shattered city of Homs on Saturday and for a second day blocked Red Cross aid meant for civilians stranded for weeks without food and fuel in the former rebel stronghold, activists and aid workers said.

The renewed government assault came a day after U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he had received “grisly reports” that President Bashar al-Assad’s troops were executing, imprisoning and torturing people in Syria’s third largest city.

Mar 3, 2012

Syrian forces pound Homs again, block aid convoy

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian forces bombarded parts of the shattered city of Homs on Saturday and for a second day blocked Red Cross aid meant for civilians stranded for weeks without food and fuel in the former rebel stronghold, activists and aid workers said.

The renewed government assault came a day after U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he had received “grisly reports” that President Bashar al-Assad’s troops were executing, imprisoning and torturing people in Syria’s third largest city.

Feb 27, 2012

Syria’s once urbane Assad shows ruthless streak

BEIRUT (Reuters) – As a smiling President Bashar al-Assad and his British-born wife Asma cast their votes for a new constitution, his troops were shelling desperate civilians and rebels in Syria’s third city of Homs, heart of a revolt against his rule.

Lacking Saddam Hussein’s thuggish swagger or Muammar Gaddafi’s quirky menace, Syria’s soft-spoken leader Assad looks an unlikely entrant to the Middle East’s array of autocrats with blood on their hands.

Feb 18, 2012

China envoy meets Assad, backs Syria election plan

AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) – China said on Saturday it backed President Bashar al-Assad’s plans for a referendum and multi-party elections to resolve the Syria crisis, a show of support against world condemnation of the Syrian leader’s crackdown on a popular uprising.

After meeting Assad in Damascus, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun also called for an immediate end to the violence by all sides in the 11-month-old conflict.