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Syrian authorities blocking access to needy in Homs: Red Cross

20 days passed in negotiations between the Red Cross and Syrian authorities to allow aid to trapped people of Homs

Reuters , Wednesday 24 Jul 2013
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Syrian authorities are blocking access to the old city of Homs, where trapped civilians are in dire need of food and medical supplies, the Red Cross said on Wednesday.

"We have been trying for close to 20 days now to bring medical supplies and other aid to the old city of Homs," Magne Barth, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in Syria, said in a statement.

"Despite lengthy negotiations with both sides, and three trips back and forth between Damascus and Homs, we have still not received the go-ahead from the Syrian authorities," he said.

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