Red Cross tackles Assad on Syria humanitarian crisis

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The new head of the International Committee of the Red Cross has met Syria’s President Assad to discuss the humanitarian crisis.

Peter Maurer is thought to have urged President Assad to allow better access for aid workers during his 45 minute meeting with the Syrian leader.

The Red Cross has 50 workers in the country but the fighting has confined them all to Damascus.

Amid the relentless violence, it is claimed that at least 25 people were killed on Monday in a government air raid on the rebel-held town of al-Bab in Aleppo province.

In the city of Aleppo itself several neighbourhoods have again reportedly suffered bombardments from government forces on Tuesday.

Activists claim there are food shortages and residents are too scared to leave their homes because of the bombing.

Others near the Turkish border cannot escape the violence either.

“My brother was killed five days ago so we came to Azaz to bury him, and while we were in the cemetery, the plane came and fired two rockets and they fell right behind our home. So we ran away and came here,” said one man, Youssef Al Hajjy.

The UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees says more than 100,000 Syrians left the country in August. 8,000 are said to be trying to cross the border into Turkey, with another thousand entering Jordan each day.