France and Britain were trying desperately to rescue injured media personnel from Homs and recover the bodies of Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik, after it emerged the survivors may have refused an earlier rescue by a Syrian Red Crescent ambulance.
A Syrian Red Crescent ambulance arrived to transport the injured, the Sunday Times
reported, but they refused to go amid fears they would be arrested after entering the country illegally. They wanted the ICRC to transport them with a diplomat present, which could not be arranged.
The Red Crescent told British and French representatives, "We did everything you asked, but your guys did not want to come. The Red Crescent saw your guys face to face and they were told no.
"It was hard to find Red Crescent volunteers willing to go into the area. They put their lives in danger."