Red Cross "can't cope" in Syria

  • The Red Cross said on Thursday it "can't cope" with the deteriorating situation in Syria.

    "The humanitarian situation is getting worse despite the scope of the operation increasing," said Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

    Maurer added the 19-month conflict was causing more casualties and it was increasingly difficult for the ICRC to reach victims.

    The ICRC has not been able to get to certain parts of the country such as the city of Aleppo, which has been badly hit by violence in recent months.

    In addition, the constantly moving nature of the conflict means the Red Cross is unable to plan ahead.

    Maurer’s comments came a day before United Nations diplomats and aid agencies are to discuss the issue of access to Syria at a meeting in Geneva.