The International Red Cross is trying to broker a ceasefire in the areas of Syria most affected by the conflict. The organization is negotiating with both sides in an attempt to create a window of a few hours to deliver humanitarian aid to civilians.
The announcement comes amid opposition reports of regime forces amassing around the besieged city of Homs, raising fears of a major ground assault that will use overwhelming firepower to obliterate the opposition.
Rami Abdul-Rahman, head of activist group The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told the Associated Press that “the human loss is going to be huge if [government forces] retake Baba Amr.”
Reuters news agency says 16 people have been killed in heavy shelling of the Baba Amr neighborhood in the city of Homs on Tuesday. It was not immediately clear whether the intense shelling was the start of a widely expected offensive to crush rebels in the area. Phone lines have been cut within the city, making it difficult to get firsthand accounts from Homs residents, reports the AP.
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