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ICRC chief in Syria on humanitarian situation

(Xinhua)

13:24, September 04, 2012

DAMASCUS, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) arrived in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Monday for talks with top officials on the deteriorating humanitarian situation as the government pledged there was nothing hindering the return of the displaced Syrians to their homes.

ICRC Chief Peter Maurer arrived in Damascus evening for a three- day visit, during which he will be meeting with President Bashar al-Assad, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem and Minister of health Salam Al-Nayef among other high-level officials.

Maurer will also meet with the Minister of National Reconciliation Ali Haidar and the head of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) Abul-Rahman al-Attar, sources told Xinhua.

Talks will mainly focus on the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation and the difficulties faced by the ICRC and the SARC as they try to reach people affected by the armed conflict, according to the ICRC.

The spiraling violence across Syria has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes to safer areas, mostly in the capital Damascus. Some even have fled the country to neighboring states.

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