Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would offer humanitarian assistance to international organizations providing aid to refugees in Syria. Speaking to reporters, Lieberman said that offering such assistance “is our moral obligation, a necessary response to the suffering our neighbors are undergoing, even if we do not have diplomatic relations with them.”
Earlier, teams of Red Cross workers arrived in several neighborhoods in the central Syrian city of Homs, which have been badly battered by Syrian soldiers striking out against protesters against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Many residents of the Baba Amaru neighborhood came to the distribution point for medical attention and supplies. The neighborhood has been nearly destroyed in the protests against Assad, and Syria authorities have refused to allow aid workers in to the neighborhood.