ICRC negotiating cease-fire in Syria
Geneva - The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is trying to broker a humanitarian cease-fire in Syria.
ICRC spokesperson Carla Haddad says the group is "discussing several possibilities with all those concerned and it includes a cessation of fighting in the most affected areas".
Haddad told The Associated Press on Monday that the Geneva-based aid group has been in talks with Syrian authorities and opposition groups for some time but attempts to negotiate a cease-fire were "an important new step".
More than 5 000 people are estimated to have been killed in the 11-month uprising against Syria's President Bashar Assad.