Syria: ICRC receives green light to access Baba Amr
01-03-2012 News Footage
On 1 March 2012, the Syrian authorities authorized the ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent to enter the district of Baba Amr the following day. The humanitarian situation on the ground is worrying and the ICRC is looking forward to starting to evacuate the wounded, the seriously ill and the dead.
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0:00 The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have received a green light from the Syrian authorities to enter the district of Baba Amr tomorrow. This is a positive development. The humanitarian situation on the ground is worrying and we are looking forward to starting the evacuation operations in Baba Amr so we can evacuate the wounded, the seriously ill and the dead.
0:22 The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent had to go through specific negotiations to organise evacuation operations in Baba Amr. the positive step is that we’ve received a green light form the Syrian authorities to enter Baba Amr tomorrow. However, this is not directly linked with our appeal for a daily humanitarian pause for 2 hours. This appeal still stands to allow the ICRC and volunteers of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent to access all the different affected areas and organise humanitarian aid and evacuation operations on the spot. On this appeal, the Syrian authorities have given some positive indicators. We’ll have to see how things develop on the ground.
01:07 It’s very difficult to know what’s happened in Baba Amr. We need to have our teams on the spot to assess the situation and respond to the needs. However, we know the humanitarian situation has been deteriorating over the day and by the hour and we know the security conditions are difficult not to mention that the weather is very cold and it’s been snowing so the operation that will take place hopefully tomorrow will take place in a complex environment.”