February 25, 2020 / 10:08 AM / a month ago

Red Cross seeks safe passage of civilians and access in Idlib, Syria

GENEVA, Feb 25 (Reuters) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) called on the warring sides in Idlib, Syria on Tuesday to allow safe passage for civilians to escape attacks and reminded them that hospitals, markets and schools are protected by law.

“We are urging parties to allow civilians to move to safety, either in areas they control or across the front lines,” ICRC spokeswoman Ruth Hetherington told a Geneva news briefing.

“We urge all parties to provide access and security guarantees so we can adequately respond to the needs of people on both sides of the front lines.” (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Emma Farge and Alex Richardson)

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