Islamic State-controlled parts of Syria, Iraq largely out of reach: Red Cross

March 13, 2015 5:04 PM

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GENEVA (Reuters) - The Red Cross has only sporadic access to areas of Iraq and Syria held by Islamic State, despite huge needs of 10 million people living under their control, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Friday.

Peter Maurer, in an interview marking the start of the fifth year of war in Syria, also voiced hope that a ceasefire can be clinched in Aleppo to allow more aid to be distributed in the shattered country's second largest city.

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