DAMASCUS – The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross was scheduled to meet Syria’s president Monday to push for access to detainees held by the government, CNN said. Jakob Kellenberger’s meeting with President Bashar al-Assad came amid mounting reports of bloodshed by Syrian security forces.
On Monday, security forces killed three people during an ongoing crackdown in the province of Homs, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition activist group. Two people were killed and five wounded in the Khalidya neighborhood in the city of Homs, the group said, while a sniper shot and killed a civilian in town of Talkalakh. Syria has been engulfed in public protest for months, and the regime has been accused internationally of a crackdown on peaceful demonstrators. The government has maintained that it is targeting armed terrorists. But opposition activists say it is a systematic, sustained slaughter. “Ensuring that the sick and the wounded have access to medical care will be among the particularly urgent humanitarian challenges to be addressed with the Syrian authorities,” the Red Cross said in a statement. Kellenberger’s two-day visit kicked off Sunday with meetings with PM Adel Safar and FM Walid Muallem.