U.N. delivers aid to Homs but outlook remains grim
Friday, February 14, 2014 - 01:08
Feb. 14 - As the United Nations evacuates Syrians from the besieged city of Homs, officials fear aid being delivered for residents staying behind won't be enough. Nathan Frandino reports.
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As sacks of food are delivered in Homs, the outlook remains as grim as the city's bombed out buildings.
A UN-brokered deal has enabled aid workers into the city, but a World Food Program official fears it won't be enough.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) WFP (UNITED NATION'S WORLD FOOD PROGRAM) SYRIA COUNTRY DIRECTOR MATTHEW HOLLINGWORTH SAYING:
"We managed to get food assistance into old Homs to feed 2,500 people for a month. Is it enough? We don't believe it, but it is something. It certainly is..is a major step forward, for people who are living in unbelievable levels of depravation."
About 500 family food parcels, plus almost 6,200 kilograms of wheat flour were delivered.
Meanwhile, officials are also evacuating residents from the city.
New amatuer appears to show women, children and walking wounded lining up to board a convoy of UN vehicles.
Reuters cannot independently verify the video, which was posted on a social media website.
The UN deal put in place a ceasefire for the city, which was extended until Saturday.
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