Rebel Syrian army welcomes Red Cross call for truce

The leader of the rebel Free Syrian Army welcomed Tuesday a call by the Red Cross for a daily truce of two hours to deliver vital aid.

"We welcome this call," Colonel Riyadh al-Asaad told AFP in Beirut by telephone, shortly after the International Committee of the Red Cross announced its request and as Syrian forces continued to pound the flashpoint city of Homs.

Asaad, however, voiced doubt that the regime would commit to such a truce.

"The regime is criminal and it would not implement [such a truce]," he said, adding that it "exploits such situations to kill more."

The rebel leader also claimed that defected forces "only act in defence and retaliate against gunfire if possible."

-AFP/NOW Lebanon

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