The International Committee of the Red Cross has resumed negotiations with the Syrian government and opposition to continue medical evacuations from the city of Homs.
The military’s bombardement of the rebel-held Baba Amro district has entered its fourth week.
Foreign journalists trapped there have posted videos online to describe their conditions but their exact whereabouts remain unknown. A further 20 injured women and children have been taken out of the city to a so-called “safe area”.
A French and ICRC plan to get international medical teams in to extract the neighbourhood’s most badly wounded was rejected by the government, according to the opposition group, Avaaz.