From the field - Syrian civilians bear brunt of violence

Syrian civilians bear brunt of violence - Shelter in Baba Amro, near Homs Photo courtesy of Reuters/Mulham Alnader

Syrian civilians bear brunt of violence - Shelter in Baba Amro, near Homs Photo courtesy of Reuters/Mulham Alnader

Six ICRC-Syrian Arab Red Crescent trucks reached the besieged city of Homs on Saturday.

ICRC delegates and Red Crescent volunteers were able to unload much needed emergency supplies at Homs' main Red Crescent branch. The team then negotiated with local authorities for the food, medical supplies, blankets and other aid they had delivered to be distributed by local Red Crescent volunteers at nine locations. The distributions are ongoing.

Security and access to medical care for the wounded and sick are the most pressing issues in Homs and in Al Zabadani, a town northwest of Damascus where heavy fighting has also taken place.

In Homs, Al Zabadani and elsewhere in Syria, civilians are bearing the brunt of the violence and the humanitarian situation in areas where fighting is taking place is a growing concern, says ICRC head of delegation Marianne Gasser.

Despite the difficult security environment, the ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent are planning more field missions and aid delivery later in the week.

Saleh Dabbakeh, ICRC spokesman in Damascus, describes an increasingly difficult situation for many Syrian civilians and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent colleagues who are working around the clock to assist them, often at great personal risk.