World powers convening Friday in Tunisia called for a political solution in Syriaand what one diplomat calls a "tsunami wave" of pressure that would peel away internal support for the embattled regime.

Meeting in the cradle of the Arab Spring, the Friends of Syria conference began setting the groundwork for a political transition in Syria, not unlike the international planning that forged the changes in Libya, where Moammar Gadhafi's regime was toppled.

The group, comprising dozens of international countries and entities, developed a plan to deliver immediate humanitarian aid, give political legitimacy to the Syrian opposition and endorse the idea of a joint Arab-U.N. peacekeeping force.

As the conference unfolded, rescue crews with the International Committee of the Red Cross began evacuating wounded and sick women and children from the besieged Syrian city of Homs who were trapped by a security forces offensive for three weeks.

In Tunis, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday the end of PresidentBashar al-Assad's regime "can mark a new beginning."

She urged a negotiated political solution and a democratic transition for Syria, and announced that the United States is providing $10 million for humanitarian efforts. Clinton also said the "crimes against humanity must stop."

Clinton made no reference to helping the militias fighting the al-Assad regime. But Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said that arming the Syrian opposition is an "excellent idea."

"They have to protect themselves. There is somebody being hit at with arms. And being the recipient of harm to not able to defend himself of family and property is not something enjoyable to see," said the prince, who believes humanitarian gestures are not enough to help the Syrians.

U.S. officials have said it isn't ready to take that step but it isn't ruling out other options. Clinton said she would address the issue later.

Syrian TV has denounced the Tunis gathering, saying it supports terror and calling it "a meeting of the friends of America and Israel."

The meeting took place as Syrian security forces continued a nearly year-long crackdown on civilian protesters.

At least 91 people were killed Friday.

The dead include 18 corpses found in the Hama province town of Khatab and 30 people in Homs, the epicenter of resistance that has endured 21 days of daily shelling, according to the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, a network of opposition groups.

The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency said terrorists shot and killed a law enforcement member and injured two others Friday in Homs. It also said that dozens of members of "armed terrorist groups" in the city surrendered and gave their weapons to authorities.

The evacuation of victims from Homs marks a glimmer of hope for residents who'd been pinned down under shelling and sniper fire for weeks.

"This first step has just started and this is good news at this stage," ICRC spokeswoman Carla Haddad Mardini told CNN.

When asked if international journalists wounded in the city would be brought out, Mardini said the mission was "to evacuate all wounded and sick in urgent need of medical assistance without any exception."

European Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton said Friday that the "humanitarian situation and lack of access for food and medical supplies is our most urgent and immediate concern."

She called for all military forces to withdraw from towns and cities and urged unhindered access for aid groups.

In Tunisia, the Friends of Syria group -- which saw a video message from opposition leaders in Homs -- is intent on stopping the bloodshed and fostering peace.