ICRC pressing for aid access in Syria

2012-04-03 12:01
Damascus - The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross is pressing Syrian authorities to allow aid workers greater access to detainees and civilians endangered by the country's conflict.

Jakob Kellenberger is to meet Syria's foreign, interior and health ministers on Tuesday as well as the head of the local Red Cross branch.

He says he is pushing for greater access to the sick, wounded and displaced, as well as for a two-hour daily halt to the fighting to allow aid access.

The UN says more than 9 000 people have been killed in Syria's year-old uprising against President Bashar Assad.

Diplomacy has failed to stop the violence.

On Monday, international envoy Kofi Annan said Syria has agreed to comply with his peace plan and observe a cease-fire by April 10.

Read more on:    un  |  international committee of the red cross  |  kofi annan  |  syria  |  syria conflict  |  uprisings

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.