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February 25th, 2012
02:37 AM ET

Homs, Syria: A City Under Siege

     Rescue crews are evacuating wounded and sick women and children from the besieged Syrian city of Homs, a spokeswoman for the International Committee for the Red Cross said Friday. When asked if international journalists wounded in the city would be brought out, Carla Haddad Mardini said the mission was "to evacuate all wounded and sick in urgent need of medical assistance without any exception."


     Activists say residents of Homs have endured three weeks of daily shelling by Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. Scores of people have been killed. On Wednesday, the prominent Sunday Times correspondent Marie Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik were killed when Syrian forces attacked a temporary media center.


French photojournalist “Mani” experienced the battle in Homs firsthand. Watch for Nic Robertson's interview with “Mani” this weekend on CNN. But first, Channel Four's Jonathan Miller gives voice to “Mani’s” incredible images in this special report from a Syrian city under siege. Please note, there are graphic images in this piece that may disturb you.

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  1. Azeez olaleye

    Hope they all make it out alive

    February 25, 2012 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
    • rob welch

      and you know what russia is going to do!!

      February 27, 2012 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
      • Emmy

        Just about everyone there is a terrirost or belongs to a terrirost group there. It is just plain stupid to get involved as we will be arming, training and support an Arab terrirost group who will later attack us.

        July 24, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Albert orangi

    Will the world in on watching the brutality of the miltary on civilians without taking action? Why did they join the Libyan unrest and not this one? Are there double standards when facing despots killing innocent citizens? Please, they are even killing jornalists. Do something please the Libyan way.

    February 25, 2012 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim Carry

      what Action ? Do you really thing bombing will help in this situation? Go to Syria do it yourself if you like killing civilians.Don't forget to take all your family with you.

      February 25, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Abby

      MEMO FROM CAROL HERMANNothing goes on that has to do with the Golan Heights, that's a mystery to the IDF.We have a "pause, now" bsucaee Assad hasn't engaged. WHile Bibi and his crew are trying to create a new election, up ahead. Which he's free to do. But I don't think he'd gain more than 2 seats. So, you have Bibi beating one dead horse. And, Assad AFRAID to mount another.While the pilots in the Israeli air force are given "liberty." A chance to rest. And, or to sleep. Before the need to engage, again, UP THE GOLAN.If you expect "ground troops to do the work," I expect that you'll get fooled. So we both have to wait.In the interim, how nice it is to see Little Green Footballs, within a 48-hour period, post the GREEN HELMET GUY on his blog; and to watch Reuter's take that "first hit" that you only saw, before, when Dan RaTHer took C-BS into the toilet. And, down the chute.Will the settlers, yet again, pay a price for screaming? It all depends. Because Israelis always have a choice. But I'd have to guess that screaming "FIRE" in a crowded war theater, doesn't amount to much good. Why? Because they take the first shot. And, it lands back on them in big time BACK FIRE. Olmert's not Golda bsucaee he pee's different. He's also not a communist. But rather adept at the game of politics. How adept? He might go marginally higher up in people's respect levels,, than what he started with. And, all he started with was the fact that Arik Sharon put him there. In "that" chair. Time will tell how the Mighty Arm moves, though. Should be interesting as we wait for Assad to mount his attack. And, if he does not, why not? Because nobody else is moving forward. (Even the crowds at Heathrow, waiting to depart, have discovered the muzzies prefer to hit civilians. And, veer clear of all battlefields. If you want my opinon.

      March 26, 2012 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
      • Courtney

        Sorry for your loss too. Try watching all the ones of Toby. He's my only hamime now. He's pretty popular here as Parry Gripp used him in his Nom Nom Nom video. Feel better

        August 30, 2012 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Prince

      i am afraid that rlcnapieg baby assad will immediately result in U.S. pressure on Israel to withdraw from the golan and bring the foxes right up to the door of the chicken would be to weaken baby and slowly introduce the beginning of democratic reforms.Israel's political comic strip since 1973

      May 12, 2012 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. ajayi sunday

    God have mercy!

    February 25, 2012 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. Petro Ivanovych

    They've been trying to legitimate the invasion of Syria for months, but China and Russia vetoed them from doing so through UN. This is an alternative solution
    Now, the Red Cross separated a city district in Homs, with the excuse that they will be evacuating the wounded from there to Turkey. Of course, they are planning to separate other areas, incidentally such ones which are strategically important for NATO in the other cities, so that they can take the government's influence away.
    At the same time, this behaviour of NATO is a direct challenge of Russia. Of course, Assad cannot bomb the NATO forces marching in under the flag of the Red Cross, because that would give an immediate justification for the world's public for invading the whole country. Syria currently has one chance, and that is calling in Russian troops to assist the government in maintaining peace; this move should be done before NATO occupies all the critical areas. If this does not happen, Syria is to lose its independence, and Russia all of its Syrian interests. So what comes next is pretty much in the hand of Russia now.

    February 26, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Ezjde

      PCDyou take Bush over America. You are an enemy of America.Get the hell out of our country, Bush freak.America would reocije if Bush was removed from office, reocije in the streets. You filthy, little piece of human are all aloneon a hill, all aloneclutching Rove's RNC talking pointswaiting by the radio for Marc LevinYou are all alone PCDyour own country has rejected your failed ideologyYou are all alone defending Bush over AmericaAll alone craving endless wars, calling everybody terroristsYour own nation has rejected you, you dirty little freak

      May 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dennoh

    hi do u think obama would became the next president again?

    February 26, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nal

      Gautam das employee of Indian army unorecdver agent realted with a terriost group,Late Ajit shah owner of buses in west bengal her daughters nickname Beauty and Aunty.A renowned tollywood actor of kolkata named Khusal chakroboarty is realted with it.They use dame or voice mimcry artist globally to operate which is also deeply involved with the operations.They also carryout other criminal activites.

      March 26, 2012 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |


    February 27, 2012 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Mukesh

      The hamtesr is? not mad, it's the hamtesr toy manufactures who fail because they make wheels that are too small for adult hamtesrs! If the hamtesr has to arch his back to be in the wheel, it is uncomfortable for him he looks for other ways to use the wheel because he still has his natural urge to run (in nature he would run several miles per night!). It's sad, because in a big wheel (min. 8 inches) a hamtesr can run so much faster, it's amazing to watch a great way to keep him busy healthy.

      July 26, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. Victoria

    Why isn't the UN doing anything? do they see what the hell is happening there, the international community is failing to help those who need it. those innocent civilians, children, women are dying, being tortured and raped! Im just a kid but i'm able to see that it's clear that the US, The Un, those countries with the military power and humanitarian resources need to go in there and help, why aren't those countries seeing what they must do? they need to get the corrupted syrian government out and need to get as much humanitarian help for the children and civilians! What a shame the world we live in , honestly makes me sick that we live in a world where the only time the international community or independent state is going to help is when there is some kind of interest in it for them! The Us for example claims themselves as the police of the world , WHY ARE THEY NOT HELPING? WHY IS THE UN NOT HELPING? THE UN !!! UNITED NATIONS, WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU??? its not only Syria so many countries are suffering and all you do is sit in an assembly discuss and forget!!! Those fortunate Democratic governments with the resources need to stand up and go help those poor people, god bless them they are truly brave for fighting against what is wrong, I hope they will be able to defeat the government, i don't have to hope though, i know they will regardless of the failure of other countries to help, they will rise up because no matter how evil someone or a government is they shall always fall. I really hope i could do something.

    March 2, 2012 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sanan

    All the best wishes for you guys. May Allaah help you in your sgtugrle for dignity and freedom.On a side note,the green band at the top of the Syrian flag should be light green,not deep green. The light green one is the standard type used by most opposition groups,including the Syrian National Council,Free Syrian Army and most demonstrators inside and outside Syria.So was the pre-Baath flag. I think this deep green version you have got from Wikipedia,and this is erroneous. Plz see to this.Was salam

    March 24, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Valdiceia

      My family sgnrotly supports the Syrian people in their struggle for freedom and democracy. We pray that there will be freedom for all Syrian men, women and children, and we pray that the Assad regime will soon be overthrown. May God bless the Syrian people and relieve their suffering. The whole world is watching. ~ Sam, Jana and Janulik Shropshire, Annapolis, Maryland USA

      May 9, 2012 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Ricardo

      Probably of old age he was about 4 or 5 years old. He had a rough start when I got him, the breeder let all of them tohgeetr and SandyMan got his ear chewed up, and something happened to his leg. He lived out a good life here though.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
      • Ede

        “We are returning.” Many came from the 12 cdoerwd refugee camps in Lebanon where some 400,000 Palestinian refugees live. Must have been a nice vacation for the Palis. If not for sending them to the border to threaten Israel the Lebanese keep them locked up in the camps. They cannot become citizens of Lebanon, they can't work there, all the Lebanese want them for is cannon fodder against Israel.“Israel may be 63 years old today but its days are numbered,” said Abbas Jomaa, 50, who was carrying his 4-year-old son on his shoulders and holding a Palestinian flag. “Sooner or later we will return.”These people should have been resettled sixty years ago, as the Jewish refugees were, both from the Arab countries that threw them out after Israel's founding and from Europe's Displaced Person camps. Those camps were not finally emptied until Israel took the people in, for the European countries and America did not want to resettle them. They were told to go to Germany but for some reason, in the immediate aftermath of WWII, Jews were refusing to do that.Make them citizens of whatever Arab country they are now living in. Israel already has over a million Arab citizens (who really are citizens, not a servile underclass the way the Arab bigshots treat the people they rule). And if the New Egypt is so keen on seeing the Gazans are well-treated, let Egypt rule the place again, make it officially part of Egypt and its people Egyptian citizens. The only reason it wasn't given back to Egypt was that Sadat and the rest of the Egyptians would have preferred an attack of bubonic plague to having Palestinian Arabs in their country. When Egypt ruled Gaza they did so as a prison camp.The Jews took care of their own. The Arabs left theirs to rot. It's the Arabs' responsibility now to uplift them, and nobody else's.

        December 4, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michal

    You also have to account for the shtalionreip created by the 2 countries by the annual importing of Golan-grown apples by Syria since 6 yearsWalid, The apples are actually a product of Druze villages in the occupied Golan. So, Syria agreed to import the produce so as to allow the Syrian Druze farmers (under Israeli occupation) to continue and maintain their agricultural base. It is not a matter of collaboration between Israel and Syria on the level that you perceive it.

    March 26, 2012 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Basu

      Today we read that Syria was instrumental in gtntieg the Brit hostages released. They clearly want to talk with us and move forward together, but are coming up against the boundless belligerance of the world-discredited neocon Bush regime and its pasty pudgy lying henchman like Baloney.Haven't you done enough, destroying the reputation of this country permanently throughout the world, bankrupting US, committing serial treason by lying us into a war and even outing WMD CIA specialists who won't toe your twisted line? You have already tanked your party for the 08 election with a 15 point Pew nosedive, almost nobody coming to voting age would consider voting GOP no matter how pudgy and pasty, and are stuck with candidates trying to lie to cover up positions diametrically opposite to the GOP on every social issue.And you want to continue to be porky bully boys? You are hanging on a revolution where the guillotine will be considered too good for the likes of your gargantuan asses.

      May 9, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |