Syria update - Growing needs outside of Baba Amr

Growing needs outside of Baba Amr - Waiting to buy bread, Al Qusayr, near Homs - Photo courtesy of Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

Growing needs outside of Baba Amr - Waiting to buy bread, Al Qusayr, near Homs - Photo courtesy of Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

Today, joint ICRC-Syrian Red Crescent teams started distributing food, blankets and other aid in Al Tawzii and Al Insha'at, two Homs districts where many displaced Baba Amr residents are now staying. 

The ICRC has not yet been able to enter Baba Amr. Negotiations for a daily two-hour ceasefire to allow humanitarian convoys in and out of areas affected by the violence are ongoing.

Many Baba Amr residents fled the district in recent days and weeks. Most are staying with relatives and friends elsewhere in Homs, including in the Al Tawzii and Al Insha'at districts. Most stores throughout the city remain close. Bread and other essential items are expensive and it is increasingly difficult for host families and their guests to cope.

Entering Baba Amr to assess the humanitarian situation and the impact of weeks of fighting remains a priority but our action is evolving to meet urgent humanitarian needs elsewhere in Homs and other Syrian cities affected by the violence.  

Hicham Hassan, Syria spokesman at ICRC headquarters, updates us on the latest developments in Homs, including on the repatriation of the mortal remains of Mary Colvin and Remi Ochlik by the ICRC and the Syrian Red Crescent last Friday.