Red Cross says it can't cope with Syrian humanitarian crisis

Despite a massive increase in the amount of aid going to the Red Cross, the organization says that the crisis in Syria has "too many blank spots" and they can't reach all who need assistance. BBC: Mr Maurer said the conflict was causing more casualties and making it difficult for the ICRC to reach victims. There are currently "a lot of blank spots" and an unknown number of people were not getting access to the aid they needed, Mr Maurer added. The ICRC has not been able to get to certain parts of the country, he added, giving as an example the city of Aleppo, which has been badly hit by violence in recent months. Its personnel were able to access some districts of the flashpoint city of Homs last week, which Mr Maurer said was a major success. The constantly moving nature of the conflict meant the Red Cross could not plan but instead had to seize opportunities for aid delivery on a day-to-day basis, Mr Maurer said. His comments come a day before UN diplomats and aid agencies ...(Read Full Post)