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Syria: No ceasefire in Homs

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Syria: No ceasefire in Homs

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In the Syrian city of Homs, after more than 10 days of intense fighting, rebels and government troops had agreed to a ceasefire to allow the International Red Cross to provide aid.

However aid teams were forced to turn back as it failed to come into effect, leaving hundreds of wounded trapped in the war zone.

ICRC Syria Spokesperson, Rabab al-Rifai said:

“To our knowledge, there are hundreds of people who are stuck in, for instance, the old city of Homs….some, maybe, in other parts. That’s our understanding. These hundreds of people…many of them need to move to safer areas. They are unable to do so because of the ongoing fighting.”

In a blow for the Assad regime, a Syrian air force fighter pilot flew his MIG-21 across the border to Jordan on Thursday morning, where he landed at a military air-base and has now been given political asylum.

In response, the Syrian Defence Ministry labelled him a ‘traitor’ and said it was in talks with Jordanian authorities to retrieve the aircraft.