Syria: Humanitarian aid is blocked as situation begins to resemble Bosnia, Rwanda

Despite earlier agreements to allow humanitarian aid into the beseiged town of Homs, the Syrian government is blocking access by the Red Cross claiming that “booby traps” created “safety concerns.”

The Red Cross, however, said it would continue to negotiate with Syria to allow convoys of humanitarian aid into Homs. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on Syria to give humanitarian workers immediate access, saying that the reports from Syria “are atrocious” and that it is “totally unacceptable, intolerable.”

British photographer Paul Conroy, who was injured in the recent assault on Baba Amr, told the BBC that the attacks on the rebel district of Homs was comparable to the crimes seen in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.

“We left behind what I fear is going to be the next Rwanda, the next Srebrenica. There are no military targets, it’s pure and systematic slaughter of a civilian population. The only reason those shells are going in are to eliminate the people and buildings of Baba Amr,” he said.

Related: Associated Press Q&A on the Syrian crisis

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