Syria Crisis: Evacuation Of Wounded From Homs Begins, ICRC Says

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In this Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 citizen journalism image provided by the Local Coordination Committees in Syria and accessed on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, flames leap the air from a car and building bombed by the Syrian government forces shelling, in Baba Amr neighborhood in Homs province, central Syria. (AP Photo/Local Coordination Committees in Syria) | AP

GENEVA, Feb 24 (Reuters) - The Syrian Arab Red Crescent on Friday began evacuating wounded or sick women and children from the Baba Amro district of the besieged city of Homs, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.

"Syrian Arab Red Crescent teams have started evacuating women and and children, the operation is underway," ICRC chief spokeswoman Carla Haddad told Reuters in Geneva. "The evacuation operation started with SARC ambulances that entered Baba Amro."

"It's a first step forward," she said.

There was no immediate information from the humanitarian agency's teams on the ground as to whether wounded foreign journalists were among them, she said.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay)

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