Red Cross still trying to help trapped civilians

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Red Cross still trying to help trapped civilians

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Residents in Homs held their own version of Assad’s referendum, using a rubbish bin as a mock ballot box. They also voted using rockets reflecting their opinion of the president’s idea of democracy.

Homs has been at the centre of the 11-month revolt against Assad’s rule. On Sunday 12 people were killed in the embattled city – they were among at least 59 Syrian civilians and soldiers who died across the country.

Meanwhile the Red Cross in Damascus is continuing to negotiate with the Syrian authorities and opposition.

ICRC spokesman, Saleh Dabbakeh said the organisation was trying to get all sides to stop fighting for two hours each day so they could get aid into Homs.

On Friday the relief agency managed to evacuate seven seriously wounded people along with 20 sick women and children.
Activists say some districts of Homs have had no food or water for three days.