The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) told Reuters on Monday that it was negotiating with Syrian authorities and opposition fighters on a cessation of fighting to bring life-saving aid to civilians hardest hit by the conflict.

Diplomatic sources told Reuters that the Geneva-based ICRC, the only international agency deploying aid workers in Syria, is seeking a two-hour cessation of hostilities in hotspots including Homs.

The ICRC is exploring several possibilities for delivering urgently needed humanitarian aid. These include a cessation of fighting in the most affected areas to facilitate swift Syrian Arab Red Crescent and ICRC access to the people in need, chief ICRC spokeswoman Carla Haddad told Reuters.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Janet Lawrence)