Syrians evacuate Homs as part of ceasefire, amid reports of attack
Saturday, February 08, 2014 - 01:25
Feb. 8 - Residents of the besieged Syrian city of Homs took advantage of a three-day humanitarian ceasefire to make their way on foot out of the Old City, where U.N. and relief workers awaited them. Mana Rabiee reports.
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The exodus from Homs.
Residents of this besieged Syrian city slowly made their way beyond the bombed out rubble and tattered buildings of the Old City on Friday.
Amateur video showed streams of people - mostly elderly - taking advantage of a three-day humanitarian ceasefire while they can.
They were 83 people in all.
Living in the Old City for a year and a half under a government siege.
Most were malnourished, the World Food Program said.
Awaiting them - a United Nations convoy and aid workers.
It was the first concrete result of peace talks aimed at ending the civil war.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED MAN SPEAKING TO CAMERA WHILE PEOPLE WALK IN THE ROAD BEHIND HIM, MAN SAYING:
"Today the agreement of ceasefire and evacuation operation has started. And we can see now the crowd of the people who are trying to prepare themselves, to went out of siege….We are waiting for the delegation of the United Nations and the
Crescent to come inside besieged areas and to start the evacuation operation."
The ceasefire deal allows women, children and elderly men to leave -- and aid workers to bring in humanitarian supplies to those who remain.
Including some 2,500 others trapped behind the rebel controlled heart of the city.
But on Saturday, Syrian TV said several Red Crescent aid workers were wounded by rebels as they tried to deliver humanitarian supplies into Homs.
The violence threatens to unravel the humanitarian deal and activists remain worried over the safety of those left behind.
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