News+Politics March 2, 2012
SYRIA UPDATE: Red Cross Moves In, British Prime Minister Issues Warning

Violent unrest continues in Syria. A convoy of seven trucks, arranged by the Red Cross and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and carrying humanitarian aid, has arrived in the Syrian city of Homs. The city has faced widespread violence in recent weeks. According to unconfirmed reports from Syrian activists, regime forces have been carrying out execution-style killings and burning homes as part of a scorched-earth campaign in the Baba Amr district of the city. As of this writing, the Red Cross aid has apparently not yet reached Baba Amr.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron today accused Syria's "criminal regime" of "butchering its own people". He went on to warn supporters of President Bashar Assad to abandon their leader or face "a day of reckoning" for their part in the violence. Meanwhile Russia and China, the two U.N. members who twice vetoed Security Council resolutions condemning Syria's leadership, joined in a statement from the U.N. expressing "deep disappointment" at the country's failure to allow the U.N. humanitarian aid chief Valerie Amos to visit the country.

Russia's leader Vladimir Putin has also publicly stated that he does not support the Assad regime, telling a group of international newspapers that "it is up to the Syrians to decide who should run their country". At the same time, Putin accused the West of applying a double standard in their approach to the conflict, putting pressure on Syria's government to cease military actions while failing to demand that rebel forces lay down their weapons.

The situation on the ground is chaotic, but these Twitter accounts - including news outlets, people on the ground in Syria, and international organizations - offer a partial picture of what is taking place.

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