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Red Cross gets Homs aid go ahead

The International Committee of the Red Cross says it has received permission from Syrian authorities to enter the besieged Homs neighbourhood of Baba Amr on Friday.

The aid group and its Syrian counterpart received a "green light" from the government to bring in emergency supplies and carry out evacuations, said Red Cross spokesman Hicham Hassan.

He said the Red Cross received no explicit approval from opposition groups but that rebels have previously appealed for humanitarian assistance to the district.

Syrian rebels have staged what they described as a "tactical retreat" from Baba Amr to spare around 4,000 civilian residents from attacks by government forces.

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