After receiving permission from Syrian authorities yesterday, International Red Cross workers are bringing food and medical aid into the district of Baba Amr in the city of Homs today. The region has been under siege for nearly a month. Yesterday, rebel forces announced a “tactical withdrawal” there. The decision handed a victory of sorts to forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad; it also set off a campaign of raids and arrests across the city. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported at least 17 people were killed yesterday alone.
Sarab Al-Jijakli is co-founder of the National Alliance of Syria.