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Update (4:40 p.m.) — President Obama weighed in on the situation in Syria on Friday afternoon, saying during a meeting with Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt that "We are going to keep the pressure up" in order to stop the violence in Syria. Espousing "international unity" the president added that "all of us who have been seeing the terrible pictures coming out of Syria and Homs recently, recognize it is absolutely imperative for the international community to rally and send a clear message to President Assad that it is time for a transition. It is time for that regime to move on, and it is time to stop the killing of Syrian citizens by their own government. 

"It is important that we not be bystanders during these extraordinary events," Obama declared.

Original Post — After the International Red Cross opened up talks with the Syrian government, aid workers started to evacuate sick or wounded women and children from Homs on Friday, according to Reuters  Carla Haddad, chief spokeswoman for the Red Cross, called it "a first step forward."

The United States is making its own steps to calm down the situation as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced plans to send $10 million in humanitarian aid to Syria. "These funds will help support makeshift medical facilities, train emergency medical staff, and get clean water, food, blankets, heaters, and hygiene kits to Syrian civilians in need," Clinton said in the release. "This is not the end. The United States will provide more humanitarian support in coming days."

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