Red Cross says most have fled besieged Syrian area

ALBERT AJI Associated Press Published:

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- A Red Cross spokesman says most inhabitants have fled the shattered Syrian neighborhood of Baba Amr in the central city of Homs.

ICRC spokesman Hicham Hassan told the Associated Press in Geneva that the Syrian Arab Red Crescent toured the district for about 45 minutes Wednesday. It was the first outside view of the situation there since a military siege ended last week. The U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos was also allowed into Baba Amr.

The government had sealed off the neighborhood since regime forces recaptured it from rebels last Thursday following a deadly, monthlong assault. Activists accuse the government of using the time to try to cover up evidence of atrocities by the regime.