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ICRC says delivered aid to Homs, Idlib but needs truce

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 28 Feb 2012 13:57 GMT
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GENEVA, Feb 28 (Reuters) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it had delivered food and other supplies to the Syrian cities of Homs and Idlib on Tuesday but that better security was needed before the aid could be distributed to needy civilians.

It was vital that both Syrian authorities and opposition groups agree to implement a daily humanitarian ceasefire to allow in life-saving aid, the independent agency said.

"We managed to bring relief material into Homs city and Idlib today (Tuesday) which was handed over to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent branches in both cities to be distributed as soon as possible," ICRC spokesman Hicham Hassan said in Geneva. "It needs suitable security conditions."

"That is why it is essential to implement our initiative of a humanitarian ceasefire so the assistance can be distributed to all people in need of help," he added.

The ICRC, the only agency to deploy international aid workers in Syria, issued a public appeal a week ago for a daily two-hour cessation of hostilities. (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay)

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