Syrian Red Crescent quits Homs

2012-02-28 16:59

Damascus - Red Crescent rescuers left the Syrian rebel city of Homs on Tuesday after talks to evacuate trapped Western journalists foundered, the head of the organisation said.

"Our team returned to Damascus at around 14:30 (12:30 GMT) after negotiations yesterday and today with a sheikh [religious official] who was serving as an intermediary," to evacuate the journalists, Abdel Rahman Attar told AFP.

"He asked for food and medical supplies for the residents of Baba Amr and our team accepted. We asked in return to meet the journalists, but he refused," Attar added.

There are three Western reporters trapped in Baba Amr, a rebel stronghold of Homs, where a rocket attack last week on a makeshift media centre also killed two other journalists.

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