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Three people are evacuated from Homs as talks to secure a Syrian ceasefire flounder

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 29 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1531
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Just three people, including a pregnant woman, have been evacuated from the worst of the fighting in the city of Homs in Syria, the International Committee of the Red Cross has said.

On the evening of Monday 27 February the team of volunteers from the Red Cross and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent entered Baba Amr, the heavily bombarded district of Homs, where the Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik were killed last week.

The Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers distributed medical supplies, as well as evacuating the pregnant woman, her husband, and an elderly woman.

A Red Cross spokesman in Damascus, Saleh Dabbekah, said that the organisations would have liked to have got more …

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