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Red Cross frustrated in Syria evacuation effort

- Associated Press - Saturday, February 25, 2012

GENEVA (AP) — The Red Cross says it has failed to gain access to a besieged neighborhood in the Syrian city of Homs.

The humanitarian group and its Syrian chapter are seeking safe passage to evacuate wounded and sick civilians from Baba Amr after managing to bring out 27 people Friday.

But a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva says negotiations Saturday "yielded no concrete results."

Hicham Hassan told The Associated Press that talks with the Syrian government and opposition forces would continue Sunday.

Hassan says the Syrian Red Crescent was able to carry out evacuations elsewhere in Syria, including in other neighborhoods of Homs.

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Mroue reported from Beirut. Associated Press writer Christopher Torchia contributed from Istanbul.

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