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“We have been shelled for 22 days, but they only came after the journalists were attacked. And they came with just 11 small vans and no medical or food aid,” Mr. Ibrahim said.

“People want to know, how will they evacuate 1,300 to 1,800 wounded people in 11 vans,” he added.

The Red Cross has said a ceasefire is necessary for it to begin its humanitarian mission. It is negotiating with Syrian authorities and the opposition for a two-hour daily halt in the fighting.

“What we want is an immediate halt in the fighting so we can access Homs and the other affected areas to deliver much needed humanitarian aid,” said Carla Haddad, a Red Cross spokesperson.

The regime’s forces have destroyed the water supply in Homs forcing residents to drink rainwater and melted snow. Food supplies are also critically low.

“The regime wants to kill people not just by shelling, but by cutting off their food and water,” Mr. Ibrahim said.

In Baba Amr, the only field hospital has run out of basic supplies and its two doctors have been overwhelmed by the large number of wounded people.

The Syrian National Council has sought the creation of humanitarian corridors to transport food and medical aid to the areas most affected by the violence. It has also asked for “safe zones” to be set up so civilians can take shelter.

Western and Arab diplomats at a “Friends of Syria” meeting in the Tunisian capital Tunis on Friday agreed to tighten sanctions on the regime. They also recognized the Syrian National Council as “a legitimate representative” of the Syrian people.

More than 5,400 people have been killed in the violence in Syria since March, according to a United Nations estimate in early January. The U.N. has since stopped estimating the death toll citing the confusion on the ground.