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Red Cross 'hopes to get more people out of Homs'


The Red Cross is hoping to move more people out of the besieged and bombarded Syrian city of Homs today.

The first 27 people, including six wounded, were taken out yesterday by humanitarian workers.

Saleh Dabbakeh, a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), who is in Damascus, said talks were underway to secure a ceasefire for another evacuation today.

"This was a negotiated agreement," he told Today presenter Evan Davis. "Wwe do not go if it is not clear that we have the proper authorisations from all parties involved in the fighting, to make sure there is no shooting.

"What I can tell you is that it would have been impossible for the ICRC to get to Homs without proper authorisations of the Syrian government. We are negotiating with the Syrian government, we go by the rules of the government and the country. And negotiating has started already since early this morning and we are hoping to get more people -- yes of course."

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