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Syrians fleeing Homs attacked

Sunday, Feb 09, 2014 - 01:23

Feb. 9 - Shelling disrupts UN and Red Crescent efforts to help hundreds of women, children and elderly men evacuate Homs puncturing the temporary ceasefire in the Syria's most besieged city. Deborah Gembara reports.

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Fleeing Homs. As difficult as life in Syria's most embattled city has become, civilians attempting to leave probably should have expected no different. (Explosion) A fresh wave of attacks as UN and Red Crescent teams tried to help hundreds of elderly men, women and children escape --- in this latest video posted to a social media website whose content Reuters cannot independently verify. The violence comes a day after mortar fire sent aid workers here scrambling for cover in a basement. UN Coordinator Youval El Hillo and others waited for hours undeterred by this latest setback. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) U.N. HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR IN SYRIA, YACOUB EL HILLO, SAYING: "Today is the first day that the U.N. workers made it into here since the last time which was a year ago, and that was the last time. So what was achieved today is a good thing and it is a good beginning and we must continue." Fighting in Syria wasn't confined to just Homs. At least a dozen people were killed in the northern city of Aleppo -- bringing the weekend's death toll to nearly 300 on a weekend many hoped would launch the country in a new and more promising direction.

Syrians fleeing Homs attacked

Sunday, Feb 09, 2014 - 01:23

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