The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says that it has brought aid to a “considerable” number of families who have fled Bab Amr and are now in the nearby village of Abel. The ICRC also says that up to 2,000 people are fleeing Syria to cross the border into northern Lebanon; some 7,000 Syrian refugees have already registered with the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Lebanon.
Activists report that the Syrian army has been shelling other areas, including the al-Quosoor neighbourhood of northern Homs, where a number of large demonstrations were held during the siege of Bab Amr, and the city of Rastan norther of Homs, where the activist Local Coordinating Committee reports that five children have been killed.
China, Syria’s ally, has called for both sides to make an immediate ceasefire and initiate talks. On Sunday, a Saudi official said that Syrians have a right to arm themselves against the regime and that Damascus is “imposing itself by force” and preventing humanitarian aid from reaching citizens in desperate need of medical supplies, food and more. Qatar and Libya have also offered to help rebel forces opposing the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
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