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Head of Red Cross to hold Syria talks in Moscow and Tehran

Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), talks to Syria's Minister of National Reconciliation Affairs Ali Haidar in Damascus, Syria February 23, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

DUBLIN (Reuters) - The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, will fly to Moscow, Washington and Tehran in the coming days in a bid to secure access to civilians in Aleppo.

Hundreds of people have been killed since Tuesday in a concerted push by the government and its allies to quash resistance in the rebel-held eastern part of Aleppo and re-establish control over what was once Syria’s biggest city.

“The ICRC is trying hard to engage with all parties to this conflict to find a solution to have access to all those people,” Maurer told a press conference in Dublin on Monday. “We haven’t seen any humanitarian assistance in a month. This is a question of urgency.”

Maurer said he would meet Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday, then fly on to Washington and Tehran.

“We are ready to deploy within record time if we have access,” Maurer said.

“If we do not bring food, medicines and baby food to occupied Syrian cities, then those goods will not be available, especially to the most vulnerable people. There is no Plan B.”

Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Kevin Liffey