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Red Cross urges daily 2-hour halt in Syria clashes

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Militants with the Free Syrian Army look at the city of Saraqib from the rooftop of a building in the northwestern city of Idlib, Syria, on Feb. 21, 2012.

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Smoke rises from the city of Saraqib, near Idlib, on Feb. 21, 2012.

The Associated Press reports — The Red Cross called Tuesday for a daily two-hour cease-fire in Syria so that it can deliver emergency aid and reach people who are wounded or sick, an appeal that came as government troops heavily shelled rebellious districts in the resistance stronghold of Homs, killing at least 16 people.

The attacks compounded fears of a new round of bloody urban combat in a country careening toward all-out civil war.

"The current situation requires an immediate decision to implement a humanitarian pause in the fighting," said Jakob Kellenberger, the president of the Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross. Read the full story.

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Sandbags are piled at a street in Homs on Feb. 20, 2012. Syrian government forces killed at least 16 people and wounded some 340 on Tuesday when they unleashed a heavy artillery barrage on a rebel-held district of the city of Homs, activists said.

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Damaged shops are seen along an empty street in Homs on Feb. 20, 2012.